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Reign Again, Mahanati

A new biopic on Savitri hopes to do justice to her legacy

Reign Again, Mahanati
Reign Again, Mahanati
outlookindia.com
2018-05-12T11:04:37+05:30

The unveiling of Savitri’s statue in Guntur last year was a telling event, one where the icon’s overarching legacy was being claimed by speaker after spea­ker. While some proudly exp­ressed how she was the ‘daughter’ of Andhra and Telugu cinema’s greatest jewel, Tamil actress Suhasini, who unveiled the statue, had the last word in this proprietary tussle. “She might be your daughter, but she settled down as our daughter-in-law in Tamil Nadu,” she quipped.

That is how intensely the Telugus and Tamils competed to stake claim to Savitri’s rich legacy. No other actor in South India has straddled the cinema of two states and languages with such ease and dominance as Savitri did during the 50s and 60s. She was adored as “Mah­anati ” (great actress) by her Telugu fans and the Tamil aud­ience equated her with their king of ­acting, Sivaji Ganesan, by giving her the honorific “Nadigaiyar Thilagam” (the pride of actresses). Sivaji was “Nadigar Thilagam.” Savitri enthr­alled...

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