Since the release of Nag Ashwin's Mahanati/Nadigaiyar Thilagam, the movie was well received by the audience as well as the critics. However, the movie landed into controversies after the daughter of Gemini Ganesan Kamala Selvaraj, slammed the makers of the movie for portraying her father in a bad light. The veteran actor Rajesh who was a close associate of Gemini Ganesan opened up on the relationship between Savitri and Gemini Ganeshan. In a video interview, Rajesh said that the actress should have never married or loved Gemini Ganeshan. Rajesh also refused to comment on Savitri's personal life and even blamed her for becoming addicted to alcohol.