February 16, 2013

Savitri Biography

Savitri (Actress)

Savitri Biography In Telugu



Kommareddy Savitri (Telugu: సావిత్రి కొమ్మారెడ్డి, 6 December 1935 – 26 December 1981), was a versatile Indian film actress, director and producer. She had appeared in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Hindi language films.

Early life

Savitri was born to Nissankara Guruviah and Subhadhramma in Chirravur (near Tenali) in Guntur, Madras Presidency, now part of Andhra Pradesh. She learned music and Indian classical dance under Sista Purnayya Sasthri. She performed stage shows during her childhood. She has acted in 318 films in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Hindi languages, with ten to fifteen movies released per year.
Career

Early career

She gave some public performances as a child artiste in Vijayawada. Later, she worked in a theater company run by Nandamuri Taraka Ramarao. She also started her own company, the Navabharata Natya Mandali. Her best stage role was in Atma Vanchana written by Bucchi Babu.

Telugu career

She was offered a role in ‘Agni Pariksha’ in 1949. However she looked too young (she was 12) after screen tests and was dropped. Then, she was selected for the main role in the film Samsaram by the banner ‘Sadhana Chitra’ in 1950. However, she was replaced by Pushpavalli and was given a small role, with Nageswara Rao. She performed a dance in Pathala Bhairavi in 1951. Her first big role was as a second lead actress Pelli Chesi Choodu by L. V. Prasad in 1952.
She later acted in memorable Telugu films like Chandra Haram (1953), Devadasu (1953), Ardhangi (1955), Missamma (1955), Donga Ramudu (1955), Amara Deepam (1956), Todikodallu (1957), Mayabazaar (1957), Abhimanam (1958), Mangalya Balam (1958), Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu (1959), Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam (1960), Chivaraku Migiledi (1960), Manchi Manasulu (1961), Aradhana (1962), Gundamma Katha (1962), Rakta Tilakam (1963), Mooga Manasulu (1963), Doctor Chakravarthy (1964), Poojaphalam (1964), Devatha (1965), Pandava Vanavasam (1965), Kanya Sulkam, Naadi Aada Janme, Prana Mitrulu (1967), Varakatnam (1968), Maro Prapancham (1970), Manase Mandiram (1966) and Jagan Mohini (1978). These movies are testimony to her versatile acting skills.

A portrait of Savitri

Tamil career

Savitri was a very popular actress in Tamil. She has paired opposite leading actors like Sivaji Ganesan and M. G. Ramachandran. She married Gemini Ganesan, while acting in (‘Manam Pola Mangalyam’)(1953) with him.
Savithri's 100th film ‘Konjum Salangai’ also happened to be paired with Gemini Ganesan. She was fondly called நடிகையர் திலகம் ('Nadigaiyar Thilagam') in the Tamil film industry.
பாசமலர் ('Paasa Malar') in which she was paired opposite Gemini Ganesan and as a sister of Sivaji Ganesan and நவராத்திரி ('Navarathiri') brought her accolades from all over pushing her to the top slot in the Tamil Film Industry.

Kalathur Kannamma (1959), Missiamma, Pasamalar (1961), Pava Mannippu (1961), Paarthal Pasi Theerum (1962), Karpagam (1963), Karnan (1963), Kai Kodutha Deivam, Navarathri (1964), Thiruvilaiyadal (1965), Saraswathi Sabadham, Antharangam, Pennin Perumai, Konjum Salangai, Yaar Paiyyan, and Padithal Mattum Podhuma are some of her memorable classics in Tamil cinema.

Bollywood career

She has acted in few Hindi films like Bahut Din Huwe, Ghar Basake Dekho, Balaram Sri Krishna and Ganga Ki Lahren.

Kannada career

Savitri acted in few Kannada films towards the end of her career. She played the role of mother in films like Thaayige Thakka Maga and Ravichandra. She also acted in Chandanada Gombe.
Director and Producer

Savitri had directed films like Chinnari Papalu (1968), ‘Chiranjeevi’, ‘Maathru Devatha’ and ‘Vintha Samsaram’ in Telugu. 'Kuzhanthai Ullam' and 'Praptham' in Tamil.

Personal life

Savitri was married to Gemini Ganesan in 1955 and she declared it publicly three years after the wedding. Gemini Ganesan and Savitri made a hit pair on-screen. Her wedding was revealed when she signed in a photo for a Lux advertisement as Savithri Ganesh.
They had two children Vijaya Chamundeswari and Sathish Kumar. Since there was no availability of televisions at that time, she arranged a 16mm projector to show movies to kids. She would watch Hollywood movies and analyze them thoroughly. She loved Sophia Loren and Shirley MacLaine. She died at the age of 46.

Awards and honours

Rashtrapati Award for best acting for the film Chivaraku Migiledi in 1960.
Kalaimamani from the Government of Tamil Nadu
Nata Siromani by the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
Nadigayar Thilakam for her fine performances in Tamil Film Industry.
Yuvathi Mandali and with an apt title as Maha Nati.


Partial filmography

YearTitleRolelanguage
1981Andarikante MonagaduTelugu
Pavitra PremaTelugu
1980Circus RamuduTelugu
RaviChandraKannada
1979Chandanada GombeKannada
Allaudinaum Arputha VilakkumTamil
Thaayige Thakka MagaKannada
GorintakuTelugu
Amar DeepSonu and Kishan's Mother
(Guest Appearance)
Hindi
1978AshwathamaKannada
Vattathukkul SathuramTamil
1971Vichithra DampathyamTelugu
1970Mathru DevathaTelugu
Maro PrapanchamTelugu
NirdoshiTelugu
Thalli ThandruluKausalyaTelugu
1968BandhavyaluTelugu
VarakatnamTelugu
1967Prana MithruluTelugu
1966Bhakta PotanaGoddess SaraswathiTelugu
Manase MandiramTamil
NavarathriRadhaTelugu
Sri Krishna PandaviyamDraupadiTelugu
1965Manasulu MamathaluTelugu
Naadi Ada JanmeKalyaniTelugu
SumangaliSaradaTelugu
Tamil
ThiruvilayadalGoddess ParvathiTamil
1964DevathaHindi
Doctor ChakravarthyMadhavi DeviTelugu
Ganga Ki LahrenSeemaHindi
Kai Kodutha DeivamTamil
NavarathriNalinaTamil
PoojaphalamSeetaTelugu
Velugu NeedaluSugunaTelugu
1963NartanasalaDraupadiTelugu
Chaduvukunna AmmayiluSujathaTelugu
Ghar Basake DekhoHindi
KarnaBhanumathiTamil
Mooga ManasuluRadhaTelugu
Raktha TilakamKamalaTamil
KarpagamAmuthaTamil
1962Atma BandhuvuTelugu
Raktha SambandhamRadhaTelugu
Gundamma KathaLakshmiTelugu
AradhanaAnuradhaTelugu
Manchi ManasuluTelugu
Manithan MaravillaiTamil
Pavithra PremaTelugu
Siri SampadaluPadmaTelugu
1961Kalasivunte Kaladu SukhamTelugu
Pandava VanavasamDraupadiTelugu
PapapariharamTelugu
PasamalarRadhaTamil
1960AbhimanamTelugu
Chivaraku MigilediPadmaTelugu
DeepavaliSatyabhamaTelugu
Kalathur KannammaTamil
ShantinivasamTelugu
Sri Venkateswara MahatyamPadmavathiTelugu
VimalaLalitha KumariTelugu
1959Nammina BantuTelugu
1958Appu Chesi Pappu KooduManjariTelugu
Kadan Vaangi KalyanamTamil
IntiguttuTelugu
Mangalya BalamTamil
1957Maya BazaarSasirekhaTelugu
Tamil
KarpurakarasiManjulaTamil
Kutumba GauravamTelugu
Tamil
M.L.A.NirmalaTelugu
Todi KodalluSusheelaTelugu
Vinayaka ChavitiSatyabhama/BhoodeviTelugu
1956Amara Deepam)ArunaTelugu
Tamil
Bhale RamuduRoopa, daughter of ZamindarTelugu
Prema PasamRoopa, daughter of ZamindarTamil
CharanadaasiLakshmiTelugu
1955Donga RamuduSeetaTelugu
Thiruttu RamanSeetaTamil
KanyasulkamMadhuravaniTelugu
SantanamSaradaTelugu
ArdhangiSwayamsiddhaTelugu
Pennin PerumaiTamil
MissammaMary/MahalakshmiTelugu
Tamil
VadinaHindi
1954ParivartanaSundarammaTelugu
ChandraharamChanchalaTelugu
Tamil
Bahut Din HuyeHindi
MenarikamTelugu
1953Bratuku TheruvuZamindar's daughterTelugu
Bale RamanZamindar's daughterTamil
DevadasuParvathiTelugu
DevadasParvathiTamil
PratignaTelugu
1952PalletooruSugunaTelugu
Pelli Chesi ChooduSavitriTelugu
Kalyanam Panni PaarSavitriTamil
1951Patala BhairaviDancerTelugu
Tamil
Agni PareekshaTelugu
1950SamsaramDebut film as guest actressTelugu
Tamil





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