Keerthy Suresh, her family and her fans even are on cloud nine since yesterday as the actress won a National Award in the Best Actress category for Mahanati. Keerthy played the role of legendary actress, Savitri, in her biopic. Dulquer Salmaan played the role of Gemini Ganesan in the film. The actress received a lot of appreciated for the Nag Ashwin film. Keerthy had done a lot of research for the role and even got in touch with Savitri’s daughter to get to know the legendary actress better. She had even revealed that she had to put in extra effort to get out of the character.
Reacting to the Nation Award win, she told , “Never expected the award. It is overwhelming. I am on cloud nine.” She also said that she had almost considered saying no to the film because she feared not doing justice to the character. She said, “As soon as I agreed to do the role, I began working hard to learn as much I could about her. I watched her films and many clippings because I had to recreate her on screen. I also read a couple of articles about her and a few excerpts from a book on her although I am not a good reader.”
She added, “I must thank Savitri amma’s daughter Vijaya Chamundeswari amma for helping me perfect her mother’s mannerisms and behaviour. Her support was immense and crucial. It was team work and I am grateful to each member of the cast and crew.”
Speaking about trying to get out of the character after shoot for the film got over, she said, “I had been shooting for a long time and you don’t realise that you have got into another character until your friends and family remind you that you have to come out of the character. It was not deliberate, but the character was such an intense role, you tend to lose yourself in the character.”
Keerthy dedicates the award to her mother, Menaka, who had almost lost out on getting a National Award herself. She said, “Although the film won several awards, my mother, who played the protagonist, did not get it. She used to talk about it when I was a kid. I was determined to win it for her and I am glad I have been able to do it.”