Gemini Ganesan’s daughter slams the makers of Mahanati
Mahanati/Nadigaiyar Thilagam is inching towards the two million mark at the box-office. The film is being loved by audiences for portraying the life of late actress Savitri’s life in a sensitive manner. Directed by Nag Ashwin, Mahanati stars Keerthy Suresh in the role of late legend Savitri and Dulquer Salmaan as Gemini Ganesan. Despite winning appreciation from audiences and critics alike, Mahanati has found itself in a tight spot. Kamala Selvaraj, daughter of late actor Gemini Ganesan has accused the makers of Mahanati of portraying her father in a bad light.
Speaking about a scene in the film she said Gemini Ganesan did not introduce Savitri to alcohol, and the scene depicting otherwise shows him in a bad light. She further went on to state that Gemini Ganesan was on par with MGR and Sivaji Ganesan, however, the film showed him to be hanging around the sets of Savitri’s film all the time, and made him seem jobless. She also alleged that the film hasn’t explored Savitri’s life completely and only glorified her. She also added that her closeness with Gemini Ganesan was one of her many relationships, she added that she warned her half-sister Vijaya Chamundeswari (Savitiri’s daughter) about consequential damage after the film has been made.
She further added her father was a feminist and was never jealous of Savitri. “He was never jealous of Savitri’s success. He encouraged women to be independent. The scenes involving Alamelu (his first wife-my mother), Savitri and my dad weren’t accurate. My mother wasn’t supportive of their marriage, the director didn’t even explore how my mother would have felt when she came into my father’s life.”
Earlier last week, in a brief interview with Thanti TV she went on air to state that she liked Keerthy Suresh’s performance in the film, she also added that the film is a one time watch.
Kamala Selvaraj is an obstetrician and gynecologist who commissioned the first test tube baby of South India in August 1990.