There was big news coming in a couple of months ago that 'Yevade Subramaniam's director Nag Ashwin will be wielding the microphone for Mahanati Savitri's biopic. There was also news that versatile actress Vidya Balan will be essaying the role of the legendary actress. But the director has made a confirmation on the fact that no heroine has yet been approached for the lead role in the film. Speaking about the upcoming Tamil-Telugu bilingual film "Mahanati" Nag Ashwin said, "I haven't approached any actress yet, let alone Vidya Balan.
I still haven't finalized the script and only after I lock my script, will I be able to approach anyone with the offer. It's important that we find the most suitable actress. Hence, we don't want to rush this process". "Mahanati", a magnum opus period film, is set in the golden era. Ashwin also has plans to run a poll to zero in on the actress. "We are planning to have some sort of poll.Savitri was a people's actress and she was owned by them. It will be nice to hear what people have to think about the project and see who they will recommend for the titular role. We want to make the whole process very interactive," he said.