“Mahanati” has no doubt created a long-lasting impact on Telugu viewers, by bringing the life of legendary actress Savitri to Silver Screen yet again. At the same time, every other character in the film has just stunned. More importantly, Samantha’s performance is just top notch.The role of journalist Madhuravani played by Samantha is amazing but is it truly the creation of director/storywriters or there is someone behind it? For people who know complete updates about Savitri’s last days, it is pretty clear that a lady journalist inspired “Mahanati” team for that character.
One section of audiences feel that popular journalist and noted writer Sivasankari who used to write columns for “Anandan Vikatan” magazine is the one who inspired this Madhuravani character. Actually, she’s the one who interviewed Savitri much before and also met her when she’s on the bed and in a coma. In 1981, Sivasankari wrote an article in the magazine explaining how bad Savitri’s position is, not just her health position, but the way she got pushed to a single room house from the palatial residence she used to live in. Two months after the article got published, Savitri breathed her last.
Even in this film, Samantha’s character meets Savitri in a similar position and we could easily figure out the resemblances between Madhuravani and Sivasankari.