Nag Ashwin’s recently released film Mahanati in Telugu and Nadigaiyar Thilagam in Tamil, is winning hearts of the audience. The film based on the life of legendary actress Savitri is currently dominating the Box Office like a boss. The film is receiving appreciation from all the corners. The film also portrays the life of Gemini Ganesan. However, Gemini Ganesan’s daughter, Dr Kamala Selvaraj is quite upset with the portrayal of her father in the film.
“The film leaves you wondering where the facts end and the fiction begins. It does gross injustice to all the children of Gemini, 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,” she said while talking to New Indian Express.
Kamala also adds saying that the family did not research her father and did not even speak to close friends and family members, which has led to a biased view of Gemini Ganesan in the film.
“I know they were in touch with Vijaya Chamundeswari (Savitri’s daughter), and I trusted her. In fact, I warned her about this. I told her to be careful of any consequential damage,” Kamala added.
Kamala Selvaraj also expressed the issues she had with the portrayal of the character on the big screen. She is also upset that there is no mention of her father’s fan following in the film.
She said, “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.”
Kamala clarifies her father was a feminist, who had always stood by his wives. “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,” she says.
She also said: “The director didn’t even explore how my mother would have felt when she came into my father’s life.”
On the other hand, Kamala’s step-sister Rekha, the Bollywood diva recently expressed her wish to watch the film on the big screen. When Rekha heard about the project, she was curious but discreet in her inquiries. But now, she has expressed her wish to watch the film.