This did not prevent further marriages done according to Hindu religious rites. Ganesan and Savitri had two children together - a daughter named Vijaya Chamundeswari and a son named Satheesh Kumar. One such wife was Pushpavalli with whom he acted in his first film ‘Miss Malini’. It was the evening before my wedding. Gemini Ganesan, had a starry yet controversial life. Gemini’s first and only legal wife was Alamelu, fondly called “Bopji”. Meanwhile, both of them had figured a way out to get featured in films. Reports state that she was unhappy with the way her father was showed in a bad light, considering Savitri was no different. Mahanati, directed by Nag Ashwin, chronicles iconic actress Savitri's rise and fall from stardom, revealing her relationship with Gemini Ganesan (played by Dulquer Salmaan) and his first wife … It was the first time they had met each other. Another was the illustrious actress Savitri, with whom he has acted in many films. Gemini Ganesan’s autobiography and his autograph. Ganesan (first from left) in the film Miss Malini. The day’s events having concluded, members of both families were chatting amidst much music making. Gemini married at 19 and had his first child when 22. The film, which was based on a story by R. K. Narayan, and cast him alongside his future wife Pushpavalli, was a box office failure as it was considered "ahead of its time", but was well received by intellectuals. An uncle of mine who was a great old movie buff and wonderful singer launched into a Gemini Ganesan number when an aunt of my wife-to-be casually remarked that the star was related to the family and … Though he remained married to Alamelu for more than six decades, the actor was involved with a number of other women, notably actresses Pushpavalli and Savitri. Dr Kamala Selvaraj, who is the daughter of Gemini Ganesan with his first wife, Alamelu, has said that the way the Savitri biopic Mahanati (Nadigaiyar Thilagam in Tamil) has portrayed her father is not done! It was a brief meeting between the two and it took some time for Savitri and Gemini Ganesan to meet again. His near and dear ones called him ‘Appu’, 'Kadhal Mannan' (King of Romance) or otherwise known as Rekha's father. According to reports, he appreciated Savitri's smile and filed her photographs with a promising note, "looks promising if given the opportunity." From the casting department, Ganesan made his film debut in 1947 with the satire Miss Malini, in a minor role. Gemini Ganesan married his first wife Alamelu when he was 19, with whom he had four daughters.