Keerthy Suresh's Mahanati transpired to be one of the eagerly awaited films of Tollywood. As it being the biopic of legendary actress Savithri, extensive ground work on then background, section of cast and crew might have been done by film's team. As we know, Savithri's contemporary stars NTR and ANR stood as the biggest stars of Tollywood then.
The makers approached Young Tiger NTR for late NTR's role while Naga Chaitanya for late ANR's role. Although gave a go ahead sign to film's team, NTR turned down the offer due to unknown reasons. Update is that Natural Star Nani might replace Junior NTR to reprise late NTR's role.
However, an official announced is awaited from film's team. Mahanati is being directed by Nag Ashwin while the music is being scored by Mickey J Meyer. Aswini Dutt bankrolls the project on Vyjayanthi Movies. March 29 has been locked for movie's release.