Saturday, August 25, 2012


Savitri was an excellent  versatile actress who acted as heroine in several Telugu,Tamil,Kannada films and also appeared in some Hindi films in her acting career.She was born in Chirravur of Guntur in Andhra Pradesh to parents  
Nissankara Guruviah and Subhadramma on Dec 6, 1935..She was well trained in Carnatic Music and Classical dance from childhood itself.She worked in the professional drama troupe run by N.T.Rama Rao and later formed her own drama company in the name 'Nava Bharata Natya Mandali'.
She entered film industry with a small role in Telugu film 'Samsaram' in 1950.
Next year in the film 'Patala Bhairavi' she presented a dance.As second heroine she could act in the film 'Pelli Chesi Choodu' in 1952 which earned her name and fame.From there on she got prime roles in Telugu films and was able to act with top stars like N.T.Rama Rao,Akkineni Nageswara Rao etc.
Telugu films like "Chandra haram,Ardhangi,Donga Ramudu,Amara Deepam,Abhimanam,Aradhana,Pandava Vanavasam etc gave her much accolades.
Film 'Misamma' of 1955 was a nice film in which N.T.Rama Rao was the hero
and it was  directed by L.V.Prasad.N.T.Rama Rao,Akkineni Nageswara Rao,Savitri,Jamuna etc were in the cast.Savitri was in the title role as 'Misamma'.This film was remade in Tamil as Misiyamma' and in the Tamil version also Savitri handled the lead role as 'Misiamma'.When this film was made in Hindi 'Meena Kumari' acted in main role.
'Mayabazar' was 1957 Telugu film which was a super duper hit.N.T.Rama Rao acted in lead role as Krishna while Savitri acted as lead female role as 'Sasirekha'(Bala Rama's daughter).This film was dubbed to Tamil also.
'Sri Venkiteswara Mahatyam' was a hit film of N.T.Rama Rao-Savitri pair.
1962 film 'Gundamma Kadha' was a hit film of N.T.Rama Rao,S.V.Ranga Rao and Akkineni Nageswara Rao in which female lead role was handled by Savitri.
In the 1978 super hit Telugu film of Narasimha Raju and Jaya Malini, Savitri acted in a supporting role.
Savitri could earn good reputation and love in Tamil Film industry.She could act opposite the Gigantic heroes M.G.Ramachandran,Sivaji Ganesan and Gemini Ganesan and she  was the part of several classics as well as well acclaimed blockbuster films.
Her 100 th film was a Tamil super hit film 'Konjum Salangai' opposite Gemini Ganesan.This film was released outside India with the original, dubbed in to 22 languages with sub titles by a British Company.This film was produced and directed by M.V.Raman.
'Paasa Malar' was a super duper hit film with melodious songs in which Gemini Ganesan-Savitri were the pair and Sivaji Ganesan acted as her brother.'Paava Mannippu' was a very big hit film in Tamil in which Sivaji Ganesan,Gemini Ganesan,M.R.Radha,Savitri, and Devika acted.It was directed by A.Bhimsingh.
'Karpagam' was a blockbuster box office record breaker of 1963 in which K.R.Vijaya acted in title role as 'Karpagam'.Savitri handled the role as 'Amutha'.The producer built a cinema film studio with the profit he earned from this cinema.
'Karnan' was another super duper hit in which Sivaji Ganesan acted as 'Karnan' which the story was from the epic Mahabharata.In the film 'Thiruvilayadal' Savitri acted as Devi Parvathy and Sivaji acted as Lord Shiva.Her role as one of the three heroines in 'Saraswathi Sapadham' was also gracious.The dispute aroused between Goddesses Parvathi,Lakshmi and Saraswathi regarding their powers was the theme of this film.
In the film 'Navarathri' Savitri was in the lead female role where as Sivaji Ganesan portrayed nine characters and it remained as a record till 2008 when Kamal Hassan acted in ten roles for his film 'Dasavatharam'.
Savitri directed films like "Chinnari Papule,Chiranjeevi,Mathru Devatha,Vidha Samsaram" in Telugu and "Kuzhainthai Ullam ,Praptham" in Tamil.
She appeared in Hindi films like "Bahut din Huwe,Ghar Basaka Dekho,Ganga Lahren,Amardeep, Vadina,Devatha etc".
She married Gemini Ganesan in 1955.
She received 'Rashtrapathi Award for Best acting for film ' Chivaraku Migiledi' in 1960.
She got 'Kalaimamani Award from Govt. of Tamil Nadu
She received 'Nata Siromani Award' from Govt. of Andhra Pradesh
She was titled 'Natigar Thilakam' for her excellence in acting Tamil films.
She died in the year 1981 on Dec 26 at the age of 46 in Chennai.
Selected Filmography
Patala Bhairavi
Pelli chesi choodu
Bale Rama
Chandra Haran
Donga Ramudu
Amara Deepam
Nammine Bantu
Sri Venkiteswara Mahatyam
Kalathur Kannamma
Pandava Vanavasam
Ganga Ki Lahren
Doctor Chakravarthy
Maro prapancham
Gundamma Kadha
Chivaraku Migiledi
Circus Ramudu
Pavitra Prema
Parthal Pasi theerum
Chivaraku Migiledi
Saraswathi Sapadham
Konjum Salangai
Kai kodutha Deivam
Padithal Mattum Pothuma
Paava Mannippu
Manchi Manasulu
Prana Mitralu
Manasu Mandiram
Jagan Mohini
Mooga Manasulu
Rakta Tilakam
Appu Chesi Pappu koodu
Mangalya Balam
Pooja phalam

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