Savitri and Gemini Ganesan: The story of the Nadigaiyar Thilagam and Kadhal Mannan


In a The Hindu article, Randor Guy remembers the media having a field day with the piece of information. By this time her relationship with Gemini had also hit a rocky patch. According to a report in Hans India, the late actor, appreciative of Savitri’s smile, had filed her photographs with a note that said ‘looks promising if given the opportunity’. The couple were soon drawn to each other and fell in love. Little did anyone know that the couple would become the faces of memorable stories off screen and on-screen. Both of them had found their way in front of the camera and had a couple of noteworthy roles in the repertoire. Also, she never had any proper guidance, that’s why she became an alcoholic. Starring Keerthy Suresh as the yesteryear leading lady, Dulquer Salmaan will be essaying the role of Gemini Ganesan. A well-known philanthropist, Savitri was an actor who never thought twice before spending. Several media reports suggest that despite being married, the couple would not stay together. “Ganesan was already married and had children and not surprisingly the second matrimonial venture was hot news. Her doors were open and she was known to give away to anybody in need. She was innocent and it affected her very badly. It was in fact, his association with Gemini Studios that gave Ganesan his moniker, Gemini Ganesan. She wasn’t clever to deal with the situation. It took sometime before the paths of Savitri and Gemini Ganesan crossed again. He also had a dalliance with actor Pushpavalli and fathered Bhanurekha (now popularly known as actor Rekha) and Radha. When Savitri endorsed a branded hair oil ad and signed it as ‘Savitri Ganesh,’ it became ‘news’ of the day!” he wrote. Savitri had garnered eyeballs with her role in Pelli Chesi Choodu and Gemini Ganesan had his antagonist role in Thai Ullam that had fetched him recognition. During his tenure at the studios in the 1940s, Ganesan interviewed several film aspirants and he met a young woman named Savitri from Andhra Pradesh. Once she slipped into coma, that lasted 19 months, there was no talking to her. Thus, Savitri faced severe backlash for marrying Gemini Ganesan who had slowly acquired the title ‘Kadhal Mannan’ (The king of romance). The couple were one of the most sought-after pairs on screen, making iconic films like Missiamma, Pasamalar, Kappalottiya Thamizhan and Kalathur Kannamma (debut of Kamal Haasan) among several others. “Amma, however, did not know how to handle her troubles. She was further set back by a few projects that she directed and produced that failed to work. This was due to several reasons — Gemini Ganesan was already married to his first wife Alamelu, a marriage that gave him four children. We were certain she will come back, but it was a long wait and it ended only with her death. As a result, her finances weakened pushing her into trouble. 2018-04-20T17:27:44+05:30″>
Updated: April 20, 2018 5:27:44 pm

Savitri and Gemini Ganesan were one of the most sought-after pairs on screen, making iconic films like Missiamma, Pasamalar, Kappalottiya Thamizhan and Kalathur Kannamma among several others

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© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd It was after this film, Ganesan was rechristened, Gemini Ganesan. They also reportedly got married secretly and kept their relationship under wraps for quite some time. Crushed by her troubles, Savitri finally fell prey to alcoholism. It was so terrible to watch her on the hospital bed,” narrated her daughter Vijaya Chamundeswari in a Deccan Chronicle article. The couple had two children — a daughter and a son. But Manam Pola Mangalyam proved to be an important film in the careers of both Savitri and Ganesan. The differences began to crop up later in the day. In fact, the relationship came out in the open when Savitri signed an advertisement as Savitri Ganesan.