But she couldn't protect the secret for long. That role did not become actuality because she became too excited, necessitating numerous retakes and eventually her replacement in the part. He then began to venture into films for a living. Their relationship got the best out of each other and both enjoyed stardom equally. Her career took a downturn in the late 1960s. [1] Her only Malayalam film was Chuzhi (1973).[13]. Perhaps it was Gemini's unconditional love that made her open up about her marriage. Savitri died on 26 December 1981, at the age of 45, after being in a coma for 19 months. 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. Savitri and Gemini Ganesan's love story is something that has piqued the interest of youngsters, thanks to the success of Mahanati/Nadigaiyar Thilagam. It was so terrible to watch her on the hospital bed," Vijaya Chamundeswari, daughter of Savitri, told a daily. Soon, the couple became one of the most sought-after pairs on screen who featured in cult films such as Missiamma, Pasamalar, Kappalottiya Thamizhan and Kalathur Kannamma. She has acted in 138 Telugu films; 100 Tamil films; 6 Kannada films; 5 Hindi films and 3 Malayalam films that make the total of 252 films spending 30 years in the cinema industry. But the success did not last long. Not just because the wedding was a secret affair, but also because Savitri was Gemini Ganesan's third wife. Savitri started her acting career with the Tamil/ Telugu Movie Samsaram in 1950. One of the instances is when Savitri and Gemini Ganesan were asked to donate to the Army Relief Fund. 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. Her notable Tamil works include Kalathur Kannamma (1959), Pasamalar (1961), Pava Mannippu (1961), Paarthal Pasi Theerum (1962), Karpagam (1963), Karnan (1963), Kai Koduttha Dheivam, Navarathri (1964), and Thiruvilaiyadal (1965). When he was asked to interview film aspirants as part of an audition, he happened to meet budding actress Savitri. Among her few supporters during her financial difficulties was Dasari Narayana Rao, who cast her in most of his films, such as Gorintaku (1979), and specifically made Devadasu Malli Puttadu (1978) as a movie for her. She is also known for her works in Kannada and Malayalam films. By then, they had a few important films in their filmography. In Mahanati, the way Dulquer Salmaan (as Gemini Ganesan) glides into the life of Keerthy Suresh (as Savitri) was surreal and dreamy. [1] Her marriage became public when she signed a photograph as Savitri Ganesh. "33rd International Film Festival of India", 100 Years of Indian Cinema: The 100 land mark Indian films of all time|Movies News Photos-IBNLive, "Mahanati: 100 glorious days of an undisputed classic! [1], Savriti was known for her hospitality, philanthropic gestures, and her love of buying property and jewellery, but she kept little control of her spending. She is often referred as "Mahanati" and "Nadigaiyar Thilagam". [5] In fact, he wanted to become a doctor and at the age of 19, he married Alamelu after his father promised Gemini that he'd help him achieve his dream. "Amma, however, did not know how to handle her troubles. [15] Savitri's biopic, titled Mahanati, starring Keerthy Suresh as Savitri and Dulquer Salmaan as Gemini Ganesan was released in 2018. For reprint rights: Syndications Today. She had developed diabetes and high blood pressure.[1][14]. Savitri and Gemini Ganesan's love story is something that has piqued the interest of youngsters, thanks to the success of Mahanati/Nadigaiyar Thilagam. It was the first time they had met each other. Super Heroin - Savitri Early Film Life.