Savitri’s daughter Vijaya Chamundeswari says there are several misconceptions about Savithri. She said film Mahanati has tried to be very true to the real life, though there are some exaggerations here and there.
She told an interviewer that widely circulated stories Savitri died penniless and left nothing for her children were all false. When she died, she had four houses in Chennai, which she and her brother shared among themselves. Her brother Satish sold his share and settled in the US with that money. She said she lives in a 2500 sq yards plot in a swank area in Chennai. She also refuted the rumours that Gemini Ganesan grabbed her land assets.
She, however, said that IT raids and machinations by some relatives were responsible for her plight. IT officials took away gold and documents in gunny bags.She also said that they were on good terms with Gemini Ganesan’s other wives and their children.