Gemini Ganesan's daughter Kamala, who is a well-known gynaecologist, is not happy with the makers of Mahanati. She has pointed out that some facts in the movie are either false or distorted and have hurt her family.
Kamala is an award-winning obstetrician and gynaecologist. According to Gulte.com, she commissioned the first test tube baby of South India in August 1990.
Kamala alleged that the movie has shown her father Gemini Ganesan in a bad light. In an interview with New Indian Express, Kamala says that it is totally untrue that Gemini Ganesan introduced Savitri to alcohol. She also said that the makers have portrayed Gemini Ganesan “to be jobless and hanging around the sets of Savitri’s films all the time”, whereas he was a star with his own fan following."
She further alleged that her father Gemini was shown as a lazy man which is not true and that her father was a top star alongside MGR and Sivaji Ganesan.
Kamala also stated that her father tried to save actress Savitri on several occasions and at one point of time had gone to her house but was forcibly sent out by Savitri's watchman and guards. Later, he refused to meet Savitri and their relationship ended on a bad note. Kamala revealed that she was there with her father during the incident.
The movie Mahanati/Nadigaiyar Thilagam is directed by Nag Ashwin, featuring Keerthy Suresh as Savitri and Dulquer Salmaan as Gemini Ganesan. The film is doing extraordinarily well in the US with $2M mark at the US box office. So far it has collected over Rs 12 crore in the US market and is all set to cross the $2 million mark.
The biopic also has actors like, Samantha Akkineni, Vijay Deverakonda, Rajendra Prasad, Tanikella Bharani, Bhanupriya, Malavika Nair, Shalini Pandey, Tulasi and Divyavani.