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Savitri Had Multiple Relationships: Gemini Ganesan’s Daughter

She is not happy with his portrayal in Mahanati/Nadigaiyar Thilagam!

Dr Kamala Selvaraj, who is the daughter of Gemini Ganesan with his first wife, Alamelu, has said that the way the Savitri biopic Mahanati (Nadigaiyar Thilagam in Tamil) has portrayed her father is not done! Reports state that she was unhappy with the way her father was showed in a bad light, considering Savitri was no different.

“Savitri had multiple relationships, and one of them was with Gemini. My father didn’t influence Savitri to become an alcoholic. He did the best to give her dignity and protection, because he loved her truly. Also, Gemini Ganesan was a top actor, who was on par with MG Ramachandran and Sivaji Ganesan. But in the film, he is shown to be jobless and hanging around the sets of Savitri’s films all the time. There’s no mention of his fan-following in the film,” she told The New Indian Express.

The biopic on the late actress Savitri has Keerthy Suresh playing the titular role while Dulquer Salmaan plays Gemini Ganesan, her co-star and husband. She was only 16 when she met Ganesan, a casting assistant at Gemini Studios, who was 16 years older than her. Ganesan was already married when he met Savitri, and they got married in secret.  The couple had two children — a daughter and a son. But, it is said that Gemini Ganesan continued to have affairs, leaving her heartbroken.

Dr Kamala also added that the film glorified the actress without doing proper research.

“The film leaves you wondering where the facts end and the fiction begins. It does gross injustice to all the children of Gemini Ganesan and has defamed our father. What has been shown on screen is a one-sided version that glorifies Savitri, and bluntly ignores many other aspects of her life.”

The film(s) released on May 9 and 11, drawing much appreciation from everywhere. Most have praised Keerthy Suresh for giving her best performance, in addition to the portrayal of the late troubled actress.

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