"The director sent me footage from Savitri ma'am's films. He had segregated the scenes as 'happy', 'dramatic', 'comic', etc... Watching these, and of course, the whole of Maya Bazaar since we had to perform scenes from that film in Mahanati. I learnt what not to do while playing Savitri ma'am.
"I was definitely not going to imitate Savitri Ma'am. To ensure that I played her my way, I didn't watch any more of her films."