Nadigaiyar Thilagam Movie Review

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  • Review for the film: "Nadigaiyar Thilagam"
  • Runtime: 2 Hours 51 Minutes
  • Certificate: U
  • Released: 11-05-2018
  • Genre: Drama, Biography
4 / 5.0

Nadigaiyar Thilagam is the biopic of the legendary multilingual actress “Savitri.” The film is directed by Nag Ashwin. Keerthy Suresh plays the lead role Savitri. Samantha Akkineni, Dulquer Salmaan, Vijay Deverakonda, Naga Chaitanya, Mohan Babu, Prakash Raj, Shalini Pandey, Bhanu Priya, Rajendra Prasad, Tanikella Bharani, Tulasi Shivamani, Malavika Nair and many others are in the star cast. Vyjayanthi Movies produces the film and “Mickey J Meyer,” composed the music. Dani Sanchez-Lopez cranked the camera and the editing is by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao.


Madhuravani and Vijay Anthony are the journalists. Both of them are assigned to do a cover story on Savitri, the popular actress after she had gone to coma. Madhuravani starts collecting the details about Savitri. Madhuravani and Vijay Anthony even meet Savitri’s husband, Gemini Ganesan. After meeting him, they started screwing up their work more intensively. When many people only know the positive side of the actress, the journalists start digging her dark side too. What are the dark sides of Savitri, the Nadigaiyar Thilagam? Who made her suffer? Watch the movie in theaters!

Star Performance

Keerthy Suresh just lived in character. The actress has invested the full effort to transform herself to Savitri completely. We could say that none could have done justice to the role as Keerthy Suresh. Although Dulquer Salmaan didn’t have the resemblance of Gemini, he has pitched the part perfectly. This film has provided the career-best performances of Keerthy and DQ. Samantha has done an excellent job as Madhuravani and the rest of the stars have done their part well.


Nag Ashwin has brought the Nadigaiyar Thilagam in front of our eyes. His perspective is entirely different. The casting team has done a great job and it is visible that each of the characters is very minutely handled. This is a technically excellent movie and the production values are laudable. This is the perfect biopic, among a lot of biopics made so far. Nadigaiyar Thilagam deals with Savitri’s life from her childhood to death and thanks to Nag Ashwin for choosing this film and the stars.

What’s There?

  • Keerthy Suresh nailed it and she deserves an award
  • Dulquer Salmaan’s chemistry with Keerthy is excellent
  • Samantha should be appreciated for choosing this role, which is less weighty than Keerthy
  • Nag Ashwin’s execution is excellent
  • Cinematography and the BGM are appreciable; songs are also superb

What’s Not There?

  • We couldn’t spot many flaws


Nadigaiyar Thilagam comes with a lot of minor details from Savitri’s life, which many of us are not aware of. Nag Ashwin and the team have taken an enormous effort and took us to 50’s to 80’s. This film is definitely a perfect tribute for the Nadigaiyar Thilagam Savitriamma, who ruled the Tamil and Telugu film industries. Don’t hesitate to visit the theaters! Watch Nadigaiyar Thilagam and you will be completely astonished!