Nadigaiyar Thilagam Story
Director: Nag Ashwin
Cast: Keerthy Suresh as Savitri, Dulquer Salman as Gemini Ganeshan, Samantha as Madhura Vani, Vijay Deverakonda as Vijay Anthony
Nadigaiyar Thilagam portrayed the real-life story of the first female superstar Savitri. Keerthy Suresh played the role of legendary actress Savitri in the movie while Dulquer Salman essayed the role of her husband, Gemini Ganeshan.
The movie revolves around the life of the actress from her adolescence to death. The movie's narration starts off with Savitri being admitted to a hospital. A journalist Madhuravani (Samantha) and a photographer, Vijay Anthony (Vijay Devarakonda) start collecting the details of her past to write an article on her. One day Samantha visits Savitri's house and listens to the life story of Savitri which Savitri's aunt is narrating to Savitri's son.
Savitri who is a happy-go-lucky 8-year-old kid starts learning dance as a challenge when a dance master says that she is unfit to dance. Then she starts acting in dramas. Her uncle and caretaker, Chowdary (Rajendra Prasad) realises that the art of drama is fading and cinema is the current trend. He takes Savitri to Chennai and they both look for opportunities in various studios. They meet Gemini Ganeshan (Dulquer Salmaan) who takes a few photographs of her and sends them back saying that she is too young to act in films.
A few months later Savitri gets movie offer because of the photographs taken by Gemini. After a few struggles, she bags two movies, one in Telugu and one in Tamil. In the Tamil movie, she is paired opposite Gemini. During the film's shooting, they both fell in love but she realises that Gemini Ganeshan is already married. But they both believe in their love and get married.
After the marriage, Savitri makes her comeback to films on a strong note with many super hit films and classics, making her the busiest star in South India. But her life takes drastic turns when she finds out that her husband is having an illegal affair with Pushpavalli. How she handles the situations and proves that she is a gem of a human being forms the rest of the story.
Nadigaiyar Thilagam opened to super positive reviews and Keerthy Suresh's performance as Savitri won huge appreciation. Other actors like Samantha and Dulquer were also equally superb in their roles. The film emerged as a super hit at the box office as well.
Nadigaiyar Thilagam Trailer