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“A Tribute” is the tribute to Savithri, a prestigious cine-artiste. Savitri Ganesan (born Nissankara Sarasavanidevi) was an Indian film actress, playback singer, dancer, director, and producer known for her works primarily in Telugu cinema and Tamil cinema. She is also known for her works in Kannada, Malayalam, and Bollywood films.
The Telugu industry was proud of Savitri
Telugu audiences are proud of her considerable performance throughout her career which lasted for about 30 years. She developed an interest in learning dance in her childhood. She faced difficulty in entering the film field. Though she got a chance in ‘Agnipareeksha”, she was finally dropped as she looked too young for the role. The filmmakers recognized her potential when she acted in a song in ‘Pathala Bhairavi’.
Though she was given the role of heroine in the film ‘Samsaram’, she lost the chance because of her nervousness on the sets. She left an indelible mark in the minds of all cine lovers through her action as Parvathi in the film ‘Devadasu” in 1953. Her action was marvellous in that movie. Her action was exceptionally brilliant in the film ‘Ardhangi’ (1955) in the role of the wife of a mentally retarded person (ANR). She was known for charm and magnificent acting. The audience who sees many emotions and feelings in her eyes can’t forget the magic spell of her eyes.
Savitri was also praised by other famous actors of the time
The film ’Missamma’ shows us Savitri’s amazing talent in the role of Mary. The famous cine-actors Meena Kumari and Amitabh Bacchan praised her acting, timing, and unbelievable spontaneity. In the role of Sasirekha in ‘Maya Bazaar’ film, Savitri reminds us of the rich Telugu culture. Her action in the roles of both masculine and feminine manner is unparallel in the film ‘Maya Bazaar’. She gets totally involved in whatever role she plays. In the film ‘Chivaraku Migiledi’, she played the role of a nurse in a psychiatry ward. In a particular scene of that film, even after the shot was over, she couldn’t come out of her role and continued crying uncontrollably.
Savitri was awarded for her amazing works
She received the title ‘Mahanati’ and the Presidential Award for her great performance. She also received ‘Kalaimamani’ and Nadigayar Tilakam’ from the Tamil film industry. She not only acted in the films but also directed and produced a few films that show her passion for films. She was known for her generosity. Once, she donated all the jewellery she was wearing to the Prime Minister’s Fund. Dasari Narayana Rao says that she will be remembered as long as celluloid lives on. Though she is not physically with us, she is eternal with her tremendous efforts to the cinema.
The people are fascinated by her generosity, great action, charm, expressive eyes, involvement in the role she plays, and so on. She was generous to the people who were in need. Along with her magnificent action and charm, she had expressive eyes through which she expressed a mischievous look, a look of fake anger, a look of real anger, a look of passion, pain filled look, and a confident look.
We can see an example of her involvement in the roles she plays. Once she played the role of a nurse in a psychiatry ward in the movie, ’Chivaraku Migiledi’. In a particular scene, the nurse has a nervous breakdown and cries uncontrollably. Though the director said, “Cut”, Savitri could not stop crying.