Director Tammareddy Bharadwaj expressed his opinion on the film Mahanati, especially about the contraversy that surrounded the role of Gemini Ganesan. He appreciated director Nag Ashwin's method of shooting the film, which is not exactly a biopic, according to him. Stating that the role of Gemini Ganesan in the film brought out some sour feelings among his children, he said that the makers have shown Gemini Ganesan very well. In fact, Bharadwaj knows about Gemini Ganesan and he is not so good as shown in the film, he opined. However, he urged the children not to fight among themselves over this.