Savitri Biography, Filmography and Awards.

Savitri

Savitri was a famous Indian film actress who acted in many movies. She acted mainly in Telugu and Tamil movies she also worked in other languages like Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam movies. Savitri acted in more than 250 movies and was known as the female superstar of the south Indian film industry. She was one of the highest paid Indian actress during 1950’s. She was referred as Mahanati in Telugu and Nadigaiyar Thilagam in Tamil.

Savitri personal life

Savitri was born on 6 December 1935 in Chirravuru, Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. Her father was Nissankara Guruvaiya and her mother was Nissankara Subhadramma. Guruvaiya died when Savitri was six months old. After her father’s death her mother took Savitri and her sister to her aunt’s house. Savitri’s uncle Kommareddy Venkataramaiah Chowdary enrolled her in dance classes at her early age. After becoming an actress she married Rama Swamy Ganesan also known as Gemini Ganesan in the year 1952. He was the popular Tamil Hero. They both had one daughter and one son. Daughter named Vijaya Chamundi and son named Satish.
She died on 26th December 1981 at the age of 46 after being in coma for 19 months.

Savitri Gemini Ganesan
Savitri Gemini Ganesan

Savitri Film Career

She participated in many dramas in her village and was also rewarded with a garland by the famous Hindi actor Prithvi Raj Kapoor. She was appreciated by people for her eye expressions. Later Savitri tried for chances in movies and after some defeats she became an Heroine. In the beginning of her career she played a small role as a dancer in the movie “Patala Bhairavi”. Later she got an Heroine chance in “Pelli chesi choodu movie”. She gave an extraordinary performance as Shashirekha in the mythological movie “Mayabazar” in 1957. She acted with famous heros of south India like NTR, ANR, M.G.R, Shivaji Ganesan, her husband Gemini Ganesan etc.

Pelli chesi choodu movie scene
Pelli chesi choodu movie scene

Savitri’s Popular Movies in Telugu

MovieYearHero
Pelli Chesi Choodu1952NTR
Devadasu1953ANR
Ardhangi1955ANR
Kanyashulkam1955NTR
Missamma1955NTR
Mayabazar1957ANR, NTR
Chivaraku Migiledi1960Kantha rao
Velugu needalu1961ANR
Gundamma Katha 1962NTR, ANR
Narthanashala1963NTR
Mooga manasulu1964ANR
Doctor Chakravarthy1964ANR
Devatha1965NTR
Sumangali1965ANR
Navarathri1966ANR
Savitri’s popular movies
Savitri in Mayabazar
Savitri in Mayabazar

Savitri’s Tamil movies(Savitri in lead role)

Movie Year
Kalyanam Panni Paar1952
Manam Pola Mangalyam1952
Devadas1953
Parobakaram1953
Vanjam1953
Bale Raman1953
Sugam Enge1954
Chandraharam1954
Kudumbam1954
Missamma1955
Gomathiyin Kaadhalan1955
Santhanam1955
Guna Sundari1955
Chella Pillai1955
Thiruttu Raman1955
Maheshwari 1955
Maaman Magai1955
Amara Deepam1956
Pennin Perumai1956
Mathar Kula Manickam1956
Prema Pasam1956
Mayabazar1957
Vanagamudi1957
Kudumba Gouravam1957
Enga Veetu Mahalakshmi1957
Karpukkarasi1957
Yaar Paiyan1957
Soubhagyavathi1957
Mahadhevi1957
Iru Sagodharigai1957
Pathini Deivem1957
Kadan Vaangi kalyaanam1958
Annaiyin Aanai1958
Kaathavaraayan1958
Pathi Bakthi1958
Athisaya Thirudan1958
Thirumanam1958
Manamalai1958
Manjal Mahimai1959
Paanai Pidithavai Bhaagyasaali1959
Bhagya Devathai1959
Kalathur Kannamma1960
Puthiya Pathai1960
Pattaliyan Vetri1960
Kuravanji1960
Pasamalar1961
Paava Mannippu1961
Kappalottiya Thamizhan1961
Anbu Magan1961
Ellam Unakkaga1961
Manithan Maravillai1961
Kathirunda Kangal1962
Bandha Pasam1962
Paarthaai Pai Theerum1962
Vadivukku Valai Kappu1962
Paadha Kaanikkai1962
Padithaal Mattum Podhuma1962
Ratha Thilagam1963
Parisu1963
Karpagam1963
Karnan1964
Navarathri1964
Kai Kodutha Deivam1964
Aayiram Roobai1964
Thiruvilaiyadai1965
Hello Mister Zamindar1965
Vallavanukku Vallavan1965
Poojaikku Vantha Malar1965
Thattungal Thirakkapadum1966
Saraswathi Sabatham1966
Annavin Aasai1966
Kandan Karunai1966
Thiruvarutchelvar1966
Seetha1967
Manasatchi1969
Praptham1971
Thaikku Oru Pillai1972
Savitri’s Tamil movies
Savitri

Savitri’s movies in other languages

MovieYearLanguage
Bahut Din Huye1954Hindi
Balram Shri Krishna1968Hindi
Chuzhi1973Malayalam
Devaru Kotta Vara1975Kannada
Thayige Thakka Maga1978Kannada
Ashwathama1978Kannada
Antonyes Punnyavalan1978Malayalam
Amar Deep1978Hindi
Chandanada Gombe1979Kannada
Ravichandra1980Kannada
Naari Swargakke Daari1981Kannada
Savitri’s other languages movies

Awards

AwardYearCategoryFilm
Filmfare Award1953Best Actress Devadasu
Filmfare Award1957Best ActressMayabazar
Filmfare Award1960Best ActressChivaraku Migiledi
Filmfare Award1962Best ActressAradhana
Filmfare Award1970Best ActressMaro Prapancham
Rashtrapati Award1960Best actingChivaraku Migiledi
Nandi Award1968Best Feature FilmChinnari Papalu
Awards

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