Remembering the legendary actress Mahanati Savitri garu on her Birth anniversary

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A Troublesome Start:

 

Savitri’s Dad passed on when she was just a half year old. She was raised at her uncle and aunt’s place along with her mother. More than studies, she took interest in several dance and talent competitions as a youthful kid.

Acting Motivation at 12:


She was just 12-years of age when she moved to Madras to look for acting chances. In spite of most whizzes, she couldn’t find work that easily. Close to giving up, it was in 1950 she was casted in a Movie named Samsaram. At a first lead role, she was then given a minor speaking role.

Making a BIG Appearance:


Official poster of ‘Pelli Chesi Choodu’

In the wake of featuring in minor roles in Roopavati and Patala Bhairavi, Savitri grabbed a big break in the Telugu film Pelli Chesi Choodu in 1952. The film had her essay a solid role centered around the issue of the dowry system in India. The film was also remade in two languages, as Maduve Madi Nodu (1965) in Kannada and Shaadi Ke Baad (1972).

Bollywood career:

Official poster of ‘Apne Huye Paraye’

While she was generally known for her Telugu and Tamil films, having featuring with stalwarts of that era, Savitri completed five Hindi films to be specific – Bahut Din Huye, Ghar Basake Dekho, Apne Huye Paraye, Balaram Shri Krishna and Ganga Ki Lahren.

Solo Malayalam film:

Savitri’s solitary Malayalam film was Chuzhi that released in 1973. She played an intense role in the film, where she plays a heavy drinker mother who, in an inebriated daze, sleeps with her daughter’s boyfriend and gets pregnant. More than her performance, it was MS Baburaj’s music that won hearts.

Singing career:

Apart from acting and dancing, Savitri was known for her smooth & melodious voice. She is best known for lending her voice for the melody ‘Sundari Neevanti’ from Mayabazar, ‘Rangu Rangula Sila’ from Navarathri (1966) and Neevevaro from Annapurna (1960).

Vexed love life:

Savitri and Gemini Ganesan in a still from Pasamalar

Gemini Ganesan was already married when he met Savitri, and they tied the knot secretly. The couple blessed with two kids — a daughter and a son. It’s trusted that Gemini Ganesan kept on having illicit relationships, leaving her Shattered & heartbroken.

Dealing with depression and addiction to Alcohol:

Attributable to personal problems, Savitri started to take alcohol. She had been a drunkard for a long time, drinking intensely in 1969 which lead to health issues – diabetes and high blood pressure. She finally succumbed to her disease at 46, in the wake of being in coma for 19 months.