Keerthy Suresh brought pride to south Indian film industry when she bagged the National Award for best actress on Friday, for her splending performance as Savithri in ‘Mahanati’ (‘Nadigayar Thilakam’ in Tamil).
Stating that she is shocked and surprised at the recognition bestowed on her by the government, the ‘Sandakozhi’ and ‘Sarkar’ actress added: “I have always dreamt of winning this award. But this was unexpected. I can say that this award is a blessing from Savithri.”
‘Mahanati’, directed by Nag Ashwin, follows Savithri’s life from the 1940s to 1980s. Dulquer Salmaan essayed the role of late actor Gemini Ganesan, the husband of Savithri.
The film received critical acclaim around the world, winning awards across the different categories.
Last year, soon after the release of the movie, Keerthy said in an interview, “Of course, when I agreed to do Mahanati, I knew we were on to something special. But nothing had prepared us in the ‘Mahanati’ team for this kind of impact. We’re literally flooded with praise and compliments. It is something I’ve not experienced before. Not to this extent.”