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THE

STORY OF

SAVITRI
CONTENT
1. About savitri ........................................................................................ 3

2.Famous for...............................................................................................5

3.In those days ..........................................................................................11

4.Contemporary days .............................................................................13

5.Say hello to the film Mahanati .......................................................14


Savriti was known for her hospitality,
philanthropic gestures, and her love
of buying property and jewellery, but
she kept little control of her spending.
SAVITRI - LEGENDARY OF Ganesan continued to philander and
she was susceptible to favouring hang-
TOLLIWOOD ers-on with her largesse. Her career
took a downturn in the late 1960s. Her
properties were seized by tax officials
Savitri Ramasamy (4 january 1936 -26 de- and she turned to acting in any film
cember 1981 ) was an Indian film actress that would have her, while sycophants
, playback singer , dancer , director and encouraged her to direct and produce
producer known for her works primar- films that were unsuccessful and finan-
ily in Telugu cinema and Tamil cinema. cially draining.
FAMOUS
FOR
MISSIAMMA (1955)
G
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D
A
M
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MAYABAZAAR A
(1957)
K
A
T
H
A
(1962)
Savitri married Tamil actor Gemini Ganesan in 1952, having first met him in 1948. The marriage
led to a permanent rift with her uncle because Ganesan was already married, had four daugh-
ters and was involved in an affair with Pushpavalli. Her marriage became public when she signed
a photograph as Savithri Ganesh.Ganesan later acknowledged that he had two daughters with
Pushpavalli while married to Savitri, with whom he had a daughter and a son.

IN Savitri died on 26 December 1981, at the age of 45 and after being in a coma for 19 months. She
had been an alcoholic for many years, having begun drinking heavily in 1969, and developed

THOSE
diabetes and high blood pressure.

DAYS

Savitri was born on 4 January 1936 into a Telugu speaking Kapu family in Chirravuru, Guntur dis-
trict, Madras Presidency, now a part of Andhra Pradesh. Her father was Nissankara Guravayya and
her mother was Nissankara Subhadramma .Her father died when she was six months old, after which
her mother took Savitri and an older sibling, Maruti, to live with an aunt and uncle. Her uncle, Kom-
mareddy Venkataramaiah, enrolled her in classes when she began to show a talent for dance.
SOUTH INDIA TODAY MAHANATI
Mahanati is a 2018 Indian Telugu biographical
film, written and directed by Nag Ashwin. It was
As far as the fans of Telugu cinema are concerned, Savitri is a name that produced by C. Ashwini Dutt, Swapna Dutt and
well and truly needs no introduction at all. The powerhouse performer was Priyanka Dutt under the banners Vyjayanthi Mov-
an inseparable part of Tollywood during its ‘golden era’. Mahanati was ies and Swapna Cinema, made in Telugu and
in Tamil as Nadigaiyar Thilagam . The film stars
held in high regard because of her elegant screen presence, mesmerising Keerthy Suresh, Dulquer Salmaan in his Telugu
screen presence, powerful dialogue delivery and remarkable range as an debut, Samantha Akkineni, and Vijay Devara-
actor. She also worked with some of the top heroes of her time, right from konda in the lead roles. It follows the life of Indian
actress Savitri (Keerthy Suresh), depicting her tur-
ANR to Gemini Ganesan, and proved her mettle. bulent rise to prominence, marriage with Gemini
Ganesan (Dulquer Salmaan), and subsequent fall
from grace, viewed from the perspective of a
journalist (Samantha Akkineni) and a photogra-
pher (Vijay Deverakonda).
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MISS YOU
SAVITRI
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MOUNIKA REDDY
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