The film has become a grand success as the audiences have lapped up the film. However, Dr Kamala Selvaraj, one of the daughters of Gemini Ganesan and his first wife Alamelu, is not happy with the film. She has accused Mahanati of showing Gemini Ganesan in a bad light.
The New Indian Express quoted Kamala as saying, "The film leaves you wondering where the facts end and the fiction begins. It 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.
Muthukumar's Kaadhal Mannan was initially titled as Gemini Ganesan , before the makers decided to change the title. Currently, no print of that film exists, making it a lost film. She's a great teacher when her kids get curious, though, and she'll never tire of answering their questions. People may assume that there are strained relationships because we don't share the same mother but there is nothing like that," she adds. The Hindu.
She came down hard on the filmmakers for the way her father has been portrayed in the film , "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.
But in the film, he is shown to be jobless and hanging around the sets of Savitri's films all the time! It does gross injustice to all the children of Gemini and has defamed our father.
Both Ganesan and Savitri were screen legends in the South Indian industry. Gemini had acted in over films in a career spanning five decades and was counted among the three big names of Tamil cinema, MG Ramachandran and Sivaji Ganesan. He had also received Padmashree in and two Filmfare Awards.
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