December 8th, 2011

A poignant beauty

Chennai: Veteran actress Savitri’s 75th birth anniversary was celebrated in Chennai at 6 December which is her birthday. Governor of Tamilnadu K Rosaiah, speaking during the celebrations, said that Savitri was a born actor in whom the abilities to portray various roles were naturally imbibed.

She had all the qualities required to make a person a good actor. Only a few really work hard to show their skills, but when it came to this actress, immersing herself into any character was a job she could do within a wink of an eye. Ardhangi (Telugu) and Namminabantu (Telugu) were the films that made her popular.

Recollecting an incident in the past, the Governor said Savitri was at Karamchedu, a village in Andhra Pradesh, for shooting a film where she had to don the role of a rural girl who would ride a bullock cart. The way actress dressed herself as a traditional girl made many feel they could take lessons from her when it came to imbibing a girl who adheres to customs and traditions, he said.

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Kalai mamani Savitiri

Savithri was born on December 6th, in the year 1936 in Chirravur, which is a village in Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh. Nissankara Guraviah and Subhadramma were her parents. She lost her father when she was just six years old. With her uncle’s support, she studied till third form (eighth standard) in Kasturi Bai Memorial School at Vijayawada. She learnt dancing while she was studying and got loads of appreciations whenever she performed on the stage.

She was bestowed into the film industry at a very young age (at the age of twelve) as she got an offer in the film ‘Agni Pariksha’. She merely missed the chance because she looked too young to play the role in that particular film. Soon after that, she got a key role in the film ‘Samsaram’, which was produced by the banner ‘Sadhana Chitra’ in 1950 but again bad luck shoved off the role since she felt very abashed and tensed up to take through with Akkineni Nageswara Rao as he is a big star.

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