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5. Savitri - Mahanati ( Great Actress ) - The Journey of a Legend

Updated: Oct 18, 2021

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Savitri - Maha Nati ( Great Actress ) ,is a legendary actress.Her performances and impressions on Films are so great that , No Actress could fill the void left by her till today in South India. She is a dictionary of Acting like Chitturu V.Nagaiah and SV.Ranga Rao in male actors.Though , we don't have Oscar Awards here in India.

But , her acting is far beyond and far above those kind of Awards by any measure. As Long as South Indian Film exists , First great actress comes to everyone's mind is Savitri only.

She is a Kohinoor Diamond .Who can Measure its Value .

And She is a Legend and Immortal Forever.

Biography in Brief :

Savitri Ganesan (born Nissankara Sarasavanidevi) was an Indian film actress, playback singer, dancer, director and producer known for her works primarily in Telugu cinema and Tamil cinema. She is also known for her works in Kannada, Malayalam, and Bollywood films.

Savitri's first significant role was in the 1952 Telugu film Pelli Chesi Choodu. In 1960, she received the Rashtrapati Award for her performance in the Telugu film Chivaraku Migiledi. In 1968, she produced and directed the Telugu film Chinnari Papalu, for which she received the state Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (Silver). She is often referred as "Mahanati!" and "Nadigaiyar Thilagam".

Savitri was starred in enduring classics such as Pathala Bhairavi (1951), Devadasu (1953) which received special mentions at India International Film Festival,[2][3][4] Donga Ramudu (1955), Mayabazar (1957), and Nartanasala (1963), featured at Afro Asian film festival in Jakarta.[5] She was also starred in works such as Missamma (1955), Ardhangi (1955), Thodi Kodallu (1957), Mangalya Balam (1959), Aradhana (1962), Gundamma Katha (1962), Doctor Chakravarty (1964), Sumangali (1965), and Devata (1965).

Savitri received "A Moon Among Stars" honor at the 30th International Film Festival of India, "Woman in Cinema" section in 1999. The 2018 biographical film Mahanati based on the life of Savitri has garnered the "Equality in Cinema Award" at the 2018 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.

I. Career

Savitri acted in dance dramas as a child, including some work with a theatre company run by Kongara Jaggaiah. She made an unsuccessful speculative trip to find film work in Madras at the age of 12, when she was deemed to be too young to play heroine roles, but in 1950 was cast as the female lead in Samsaram. That role did not become actuality because she became too excited, necessitating numerous retakes and eventually her replacement in the part.

She was given a minor speaking role in the film and in the next year had two more minor roles, in Roopavati and Patala Bhairavi, before getting her big break as second heroine in Pelli Chesi Choodu.Savriti was known for her hospitality, philanthropic gestures, and her love of buying property and jewellery, but she kept little control of her spending. Ganesan continued to philander and she was susceptible to favouring hangers-on with her largesse. Her career took a downturn in the late 1960s.

Her properties were seized by tax officials and she turned to acting in any film that would have her, while sycophants encouraged her to direct and produce films that were unsuccessful and financially draining. Among her few supporters during her financial difficulties was Dasari Narayana Rao, who used her in most of his films, such as Gorintaku (1979), and specifically made Devadasu Malli Puttadu (1978) as a movie for her. Her only Malayalam film was Chuzhi (1973).

II. Death

Savitri died on 26 December 1981, at the age of 45, after being in a coma for 19 months. She had developed diabetes and high blood pressure. TheGovernment of India issued a postage stamp in commemoration of Savitri.

MM Rao


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