Savitri (actress)

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Kommareddy Savitri
సావిత్రి కొమ్మారెడ్డి -Yesteryear's leading actress savithri.jpg
Savitri as Sasirekha in Mayabazar
Born Savitri Nissankara
(1933-12-06)6 December 1933
Chirravuru Village, Tadepalli Mandal, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India
Died 26 December 1981(1981-12-26) (aged 48)
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 1933 – 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.

Early life[edit]

Savitri's 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 theatre 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 stage-fear she needed a lot of retakes on the floor so she was 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 patala 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), Devata (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, Antarangam, 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.[1] 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 honours
  • Maha Nati from Yuvathi Mandali of Andhra Pradesh
  • Nadigayar Thilakam from Tamil Film Industry[2]

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 Elizabeth Malayalam
1972 Veetu Mappillai Tamil
Suryakanthi Muthuraman's Mother Tamil
Jakkamma Jakkamma Tamil
1971 Vichithra Dampathyam Telugu
1970 Matru Devata Telugu
Maro Prapancham Telugu
Nirdoshi Telugu
Talli Tandrulu Kausalya Telugu
1969 Vichitra kutumbam Telugu
1968 Bandhavyalu Telugu
Varakatnam Telugu
1967 Prana Mithrulu Telugu
1966 Bhakta Potana Goddess Saraswati Telugu
Manase Mandiram Tamil
Navaratri Radha Telugu
Sri Krishna Pandaveeyam Draupadi Telugu
1965 Manasulu Mamatalu Telugu
Naadi Ada Janme Kalyani Telugu
Sumangali Sarada Telugu
Tamil
Thiruvilayadal Goddess Parvathi Tamil
1964 Devata Telugu
Doctor Chakravarti 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 Padmavati Telugu
Vimala Lalitha Kumari Telugu
1959 Nammina Bantu Telugu
Mangalya Balam Telugu
Manjal Magimai Tamil
1958 Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu Manjari Telugu
Kadan Vaangi Kalyanam Tamil
Intiguttu Telugu
1957 Maya Bazaar Sasirekha Telugu
Tamil
Karpurakarasi Manjula Tamil
Kutumba Gauravam Telugu
Tamil
MLA 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 Teruvu Zamindar's daughter Telugu
Bale Raman Zamindar's daughter Tamil
Devadasu Parvathi Telugu/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


Tamil Movies[edit]

Telugu Movies[edit]

  • Samsaram (1950)
  • Patala Bhairavi (1951)
  • Roopavathi (1951)
  • Aadharsham (1952)
  • Palletooru (1952)
  • Priyuraalu (1952)
  • Shanti (1952)
  • Pelli Chesi Choodu (1952)
  • Sankranti (1952)
  • Kodarikam (1953)
  • Pratigna (1953)
  • Brathuku Teruvu (1953)
  • Devadasu (1953)
  • Paropakaram (1953)
  • Pempudu Koduku (1953)
  • Menarikam (1954)
  • Chandraharam (1954)
  • Jyothi 30-Apr-54 (1954)
  • Parivartana (1954)
  • Missamma (1955)
  • Ardhangi (1955)
  • Santhanam (1955)
  • Kanyashulkam (1955)
  • Vadina (1955)
  • Donga Ramudu (1955)
  • Amaradeepam (1956)
  • Bhale Ramudu (1956)
  • Charana Daasi (1956)
  • Todi Kodallu (1957)
  • Maya Bazaar (1957)
  • Bhale Ammailu (1957)
  • M.L.A. (1957)
  • Kutumba Gauravam (1957)
  • Mangalya Balam (1958)
  • Karthava Rayani Katha (1958)
  • Intiguttu (1958)
  • Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu (1958)
  • Bhagya Devata (1959)
  • Banda Ramudu (1959)
  • Chivaraku Migiledi (1960)
  • Kumkuma Rekha (1960)
  • Nammina Bantu (1960)
  • Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam (1960)
  • Shantinivasam (1960)
  • Vimala (1960)
  • Abhimanam (1960)
  • Mamaku Tagga Alludu (1960)
  • Deepavali (1960)
  • Maa Babu (1960)
  • Velugu Needalu (1961)
  • Kalasivunte Kaladu Sukham (1961)
  • Aaradhana (1962)
  • Manchi Manasulu (1962)
  • Siri Sampadalu (1962)
  • Raktha Sambandham (1962)
  • Aathma Bandhuvu (1962)
  • Muripinche Muvvalu (1962)
  • Thobuttuvulu (1963)
  • Chaduvukunna Ammayilu (1963)
  • Narthanasala (1963)
  • Poojaphalam (1964)
  • Karna (1964)
  • Mooga Manasulu (1964)
  • Doctor Chakravarthy (1964)
  • Sumangali (1965)
  • Nadee Aada Janme (1965)
  • Pandava Vanavasam (1965
  • Devatha (1965)
  • Manushulu-Mamathalu (1965)
  • Monagallaku Monagadu (1965)
  • Sri Krishna Pandaveeyam (1966)
  • Navarathri (1966)
  • Bhakta Potana (1966)
  • Manase Mandiram (1966)
  • Nirdoshi (1967)
  • Kanchukota (1967)
  • Ummadi Kutumbam (1967)
  • Shiva Bhaktha Vijayam (1967)
  • Prana Mithrulu (1967)
  • Jeevithalu (1968)
  • Moogajeevulu (1968)
  • Talli Prema (1968)
  • Chinnari Papalu (1968)
  • Bandhavyalu (1968)
  • Chiranjeevi (1969)
  • Varakatnam (1969)
  • Vichitra Kutumbam (1969)
  • Matrudevatha (1969)
  • Maro Prapancham (1970)
  • Pethandaarlu (1970)
  • Thalli Thandrulu (1970)
  • Kodalu Diddina Kapuram (1970)
  • Suputhrudu (1971)
  • Nindu Dampathulu (1971)
  • Vintha Samsaram (1971)
  • Vichithra Dampathyam (1971)
  • Talli Kootullu (1971)
  • Amma Mata (1972)
  • Kanna Thalli (1972)
  • Sabhash Papanna (1972)
  • Sabhash Bebi (1972)
  • Errakota Veerudu (1973)
  • Poolmala (1973)
  • Deshoddarakulu (1973)
  • Ramarajyam (1973)
  • Puttinillu Mettinillu (1973)
  • Jyothi Lakshmi (1973)
  • Anaganaga Oka Thandri (1974)
  • Mugguru Ammailu (1974)
  • Jeevitha Rangamu (1974)
  • Bandhalu Anubandhalu (1974)
  • Gali Patalu (1974)
  • Uttama Illalu (1974)
  • Thulasi (1974)
  • Manushulu Mattibommalu(1974)
  • Adambaralu Anubandhalu (1974)
  • Maa Inti Devudu (1975)
  • Vaikuntapaali (1975)
  • Cinema Vaibhavam (1975)
  • Kavitha (1975)
  • Pellikanitandri (1975)
  • Pooja (1975)
  • Chikati Velugulu (1975)
  • Theerpu (1975)
  • Bharatamlo Oka Ammayi (1975)
  • Santhanam-Sowbhagyam (1975)
  • Aaradhana (1976)
  • Chillara Devullu (1977)
  • Rambha Urvashi Menaka (1977)
  • Panchayathi (1977)
  • Amara Prema (1978)
  • Allari Pillalu (1978)
  • Rowdy Rangamma (1978)
  • Devadasu Malli Puttadu (1978)
  • Mugguru Muggure (1978)
  • Jaganmohini (1978)
  • Naa Illu-Naa Vaallu (1979)
  • Punaadiraallu (1979)
  • Rangun Rowdy (1979)
  • Gorintaku (1979)
  • Alaudinn Adbutha Deepam (1979)
  • Circus Ramudu (1980)
  • Ramayanamlo Pidakala Veta (1980)
  • Sujatha (1980)
  • Prema Tarangaalu (1980)
  • Pulibidda (1981)
  • Devudu Mamayya (1981)
  • Andarikante monagadu (1981)

Color Movies[edit]

Saviri got an aportunity to act in her first color movie, Konjum Salangai. It was her 100th movie after acting for 12 years in both Tamil and Telugu cinema. Later on, she got chances to act in Tamil color devotional movies. Before she passed away, she had chances to act as a mother in many color movies. Her last color movie was nizhalgal (1982).

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