Dulquer Salmaan, who plays veteran star Gemini Ganesan in an upcoming Telugu – Tamil bilingual biopic Mahanati based on the legendary South Indian actress Savitri, said here in an interaction that it has been his desire for a long time to be a part of a period film, “Amazing period is being captured in films & even in TV series in the West. For a long time I have desired to be a part of a period drama. Unfortunately, in the Malayalam film industry, we don’t have huge budgets to make such period films.”
Dulquer Salmaan sharing his thoughts on Mahanati stated, “Mahanati is being made on a massive scale and I’m lucky to be a part of this project.”
Dulquer Salmaan continued by talking about the project being directed by Nag Ashwin and which stars Keerthy Suresh as Savitri, apart from Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Prakash Raj, Mohan Babu & Vijay Devarakonda, “I am thrilled to be working with a young team. Both the director & the producer are younger than me. It’s a young team with so much of energy. I have always been against the idea of bilinguals but it made a lot of sense to make this film in 2 languages.”
Dulquer Salmaan on playing Tamil actor Gemini Ganesan in the film Mahanati observed, “I’m not going to look like him. I can’t, honestly, and I don’t want to wear prosthetic. My approach is simple. I would like to be me in the phase of the 1950’s if I was a big movie star. I don’t think I should attempt to play Gemini Ganesan. You don’t really have any off – screen footage of him. You don’t know what kind of person he was off – screen. We only know his persona on screen and I can’t use that to play him off – screen.