Keerthy Suresh shocked and surprised by National Award

Keerthy Suresh was declared Best Actress at the 66th National Film Awards for her terrific performance in Telugu film Mahanati (Nadigayar Thilakam in Tamil). 

The film, based on the life of actress Savitri, garnered much appreciation and love for Keerthy Suresh, who brought alive the iconic star with such grace and exuberance.

Her performance as the legendary actress Savithri in the Telugu film Mahanati was that good. How a young, innocent girl transforms into the heartthrob of millions who has to deal with several setbacks during the course of a remarkable life was portrayed superbly by Keerthy.

She was particularly delightful as the charming teenager who makes her mark on the stage before she graduates to cinema. In the deftly directed (by Nag Ashwin) biopic, she did total justice to the role of a lifetime.

Talking about her experience of playing the yesteryear actor Savitri, Keerthy Suresh had earlier said, “It was a travel, a journey, whatnot. I never realised that I was not myself at the shoot. It took a while to realise that. I don’t know if I am still out of it.”

Wishing Keerthy Suresh, director Atlee posted: “Congrats dear nanba @KeerthyOfficial for #Mahanati  best actress National award Proud moment & Hats off to Mahanathi team.”

Now, Keerthy Suresh is all set to make her Bollywood debut opposite Ajay Devgn in a film on Indian football player and coach Syed Abdul Rahim. The movie will be directed by Badhaai Ho fame Amit Sharma.

Reacting to her winning National Award, Keerthy said, she is “shocked and surprised” at the recognition bestowed on her by the government. “I have always dreamt of winning this award. But this was unexpected. I can say that this award is a blessing from Savithri.”