Savitri (actress)

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Savitri
సావిత్రి కొమ్మారెడ్డి -Yesteryear's leading actress savithri.jpg
Savitri as Sasirekha in Mayabazar
Born Savitri Nissankara
(1935-12-06)December 6, 1935
Chirravuru Village,in Tadepalli Mandal,of Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India
Died December 26, 1981(1981-12-26) (aged 46)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Other names Savitri Kommareddy ,Savitri Ganesan
Spouse(s) Gemini Ganesan
(1955-1981)
Children Vijaya Chamundeswari
Sathish kumar

Kommareddy Savitri (6 December 1935 – 26 December 1981), was an Indian film actress, director and producer. She appeared in Telugu as well as Tamil, Kannada and Hindi language films. In 1960, she received the Rashtrapati Award for her performance in the Telugu film Chivaraku Migiledi.[1]

Early life[edit]

The Savitri parents are Nissankara Guruviah and Subhadhramma. She was born in Chirravuru (near Tenali) in Guntur, Madras Presidency, now part of Andhra Pradesh in a Telugu speaking family. Her father died when she was 6 months old. Later, her family moved to Chirravuru. She studied in Kasturbhai High School. She learned music and Indian classical dance from Sistla Purnayya Sasthri, starting from the age of 8 (1941). She performed stage shows as a child.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

She gave a few 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[edit]

She was offered a role in ‘Agni Pariksha’ in 1949. However she looked too young (she was 14) in screen tests and so was dropped. Then, she was selected for the lead role in the film Samsaram by the banner ‘Sadhana Chitra’ in 1950.Because of fearness she needs to go lot of takes on the floor so the chance dropped again. However, she was replaced by Pushpavalli and was given a small role, with Nageswara Rao which has less import .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. By the song sequence in "ranunte rane ranu" in pathala bhairavi lot of directors were impressed by her expressions so they call her as a 'a potential artiste'(hidden talented artiste).From the movie Devadasu she made a indeliable imprints with the telugu cine lover.She later acted in Telugu films including 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), Pooja Phalam (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).

Tamil career[edit]

Savitri was paired with 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 called Nadigaiyar Thilagam in the Tamil film industry.
In Pasamalar, she was paired opposite Gemini Ganesan.

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 Tamil films.

Bollywood career[edit]

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

Kannada career[edit]

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

Director and producer[edit]

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

Personal life[edit]

Savitri was married to Gemini Ganesan in 1952. Her marriage became public when she signed in a photo for a Lux advertisement as Savithri Ganesh three years later.[2] They had two children, Vijaya Chamundeswari and Sathish Kumar.

She died at the age of 46.

Awards and honours[edit]

Rashtrapati Award for best acting
State Awards
Other honors
  • Maha Nati from Yuvathi Mandali of Andhra Pradesh [4]
  • Nadigayar Thilakam from Tamil Film Industry[5]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role language
1981 Andarikante Monagadu Telugu
Pavitra Prema Telugu
1980 Circus Ramudu Telugu
Ravi Chandra Kannada
1979 Chandanada Gombe Kannada
Ashwathaamaavu Malayalam
Allaudinaum Arputha Vilakkum Tamil
Thaayige Thakka Maga Kannada
Gorintaku Telugu
Amar Deep Sonu and Kishan's Mother
(Guest Appearance)
Hindi
1978 Ashwathama Kannada
Antonyes Punyavalan Malayalam
Vattathukkul Sathuram Tamil
1973 Chuzhi Lisy/Elizabeth Malayalam
1971 Vichithra Dampathyam Telugu
1970 Mathru Devatha Telugu
Maro Prapancham Telugu
Nirdoshi Telugu
Thalli Thandrulu Kausalya Telugu
1969 Vichitra kutumbam Telugu
1968 Bandhavyalu Telugu
Varakatnam Telugu
1967 Prana Mithrulu Telugu
1966 Bhakta Potana Goddess Saraswathi Telugu
Manase Mandiram Tamil
Navarathri Radha Telugu
Sri Krishna Pandaviyam Draupadi Telugu
1965 Manasulu Mamathalu Telugu
Naadi Ada Janme Kalyani Telugu
Sumangali Sarada Telugu
Tamil
Thiruvilayadal Goddess Parvathi Tamil
1964 Devatha Telugu
Doctor Chakravarthy Madhavi Devi Telugu
Ganga Ki Lahren Seema Hindi
Kai Kodutha Deivam Tamil
Navarathri Nalina Tamil
Poojaphalam Seeta Telugu
Velugu Needalu Suguna Telugu
1963 Nartanasala Draupadi Telugu
Chaduvukunna Ammayilu Sujatha Telugu
Ghar Basake Dekho Hindi
Karna Bhanumathi Tamil
Mooga Manasulu Radha Telugu
Raktha Tilakam Kamala Tamil
Karpagam Amutha Tamil
1962 Atma Bandhuvu Telugu
Raktha Sambandham Radha Telugu
Gundamma Katha Lakshmi Telugu
Aradhana Anuradha Telugu
Manchi Manasulu Telugu
Manithan Maravillai Tamil
Pavithra Prema Telugu
Siri Sampadalu Padma Telugu
1961 Kalasivunte Kaladu Sukham Telugu
Pandava Vanavasam Draupadi Telugu
Papapariharam Telugu
Pasamalar Radha Tamil
1960 Abhimanam Telugu
Chivaraku Migiledi Padma Telugu
Deepavali Satyabhama Telugu
Kalathur Kannamma Tamil
Shantinivasam Telugu
Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam Padmavathi Telugu
Vimala Lalitha Kumari Telugu
1959 Nammina Bantu Telugu
1958 Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu Manjari Telugu
Kadan Vaangi Kalyanam Tamil
Intiguttu Telugu
Mangalya Balam Tamil
1957 Maya Bazaar Sasirekha Telugu
Tamil
Karpurakarasi Manjula Tamil
Kutumba Gauravam Telugu
Tamil
M.L.A. Nirmala Telugu
Todi Kodallu Susheela Telugu
Vinayaka Chaviti Satyabhama/Bhoodevi Telugu
1956 Amara Deepam) Aruna Telugu
Tamil
Bhale Ramudu Roopa, daughter of Zamindar Telugu
Prema Pasam Roopa, daughter of Zamindar Tamil
Charanadaasi Lakshmi Telugu
1955 Donga Ramudu Seeta Telugu
Thiruttu Raman Seeta Tamil
Kanyasulkam Madhuravani Telugu
Santanam Sarada Telugu
Ardhangi Swayamsiddha Telugu
Pennin Perumai Tamil
Missamma Mary/Mahalakshmi Telugu
Tamil
Vadina Hindi
1954 Parivartana Sundaramma Telugu
Chandraharam Chanchala Telugu
Tamil
Bahut Din Huye Hindi
Menarikam Telugu
1953 Bratuku Theruvu Zamindar's daughter Telugu
Bale Raman Zamindar's daughter Tamil
Devadasu Parvathi Telugu/Dubbed in Tamil
Pratigna Telugu
1952 Palletooru Suguna Telugu
Pelli Chesi Choodu Savitri Telugu
Kalyanam Panni Paar Savitri Tamil
1951 Patala Bhairavi Dancer Telugu
Tamil
Agni Pareeksha Telugu
1950 Samsaram Debut film as guest actress Telugu
Tamil

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