Gemini Ganesan
Indian actor
Gemini Ganesan
Ramaswamy Ganesan, better known by his stage name Gemini Ganesan, was an Indian film actor who worked mainly in Tamil cinema. He was nicknamed "Kadhal Mannan" for the romantic roles he played in films. Ganesan was one among the "three biggest names of Tamil cinema", the other two being M. G. Ramachandran and Sivaji Ganesan.
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Veteran film personality passes away - IndiaGlitz
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He had worked with the likes of MGR, Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan, Muthuraman, Ravichandran, Kamal Haasan, T Rajendhar, K Bhagyaraj, Sarath Kumar, Thiayagarajan, Mohan, Suresh and others. He had also worked with ace directors like K Balachander,
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Balst From The Past - Vanangamudi 1957 - The Hindu
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She married the top Tamil film star 'Gemini' Ganesan, with whom she acted in 'Manampol Mangalyam' (1953), the first movie where 'Gemini' played the hero. Savithri was compared to the top star of Indian Cinema, Hindi film actor Meenakumari
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Curtains come down on Thangam theatre, once Asia's largest - Firstpost
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Movie goers recalled that after the stupendous run of 'Parasakthi', films that enjoyed a similar success were the MG Ramachandran starrer 'Nadodi Mannan,'(175 days) and the Gemini Ganesan starrer 'Panama Pasama' (140 days). But the record breaker was
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In the 1969, SP Balu recorded his first non-Telugu song film, called Shanthi Nilaiyam, a Tamil film starring Gemini Ganesan. This catapulted him into one of the the most sought-after male playback singers in both Tamil and Telugu film industries
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Heroines who awe Rekha.... - IndiaGlitz
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If there is one actress who is absolutely stunning, beautiful, elegant and the adjective list to describe her can just go on, it has to be daughter of Gemini Ganesan, yes we are referring to Rekha. After sweeping off many a hearts with her looks and
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Happy 80th birthday, Chitralaya Gopu! - IBNLive.com
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Also present on the occasion were Cho, lyricist Vaali, director CV Rajendran, Santhana Barathi, Gemini Ganesan's daughter Kamala Ganesan and writer Indira Soundarajan. Gopu has written nearly 60 films, and directed 27 of them
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Gemini Ganesan remembered - The Hindu
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Songs like Lahiri Lahiri and Brindavanamu playing softly, created the mood for an evening when Gemini Ganesan was remembered at Taj Deccan on Saturday. Narayani Ganesh, a journalist by profession reminisced of her father and how she came to write the
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The lens masters of the Golden Era - Express Buzz
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“I became an independent stills photographer in 1969 — 'Sangamam' being the first film with Gemini Ganesan and KR Vijaya in the lead. Then 'Uyir' followed.” But it was 'Gauravam', with Sivaji, which gave him the right break
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Flutist Mali remembered on his anniversary - IBNLive.com
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He sang a few lines from the famous Kannadasan’s song Kalangalil aval vasantham, which starred Gemini Ganesan. NKT Muthu said that although he did not know Mali himself well, he was closely associated with Ramani, PB Srinivas, Vikku Vinayaka Ram and
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The chronicles of KB - The Hindu
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Citing the example of Gemini Ganesan-starrer “Punnagai”, he said that in today's scandal-ridden times, seeing the film was necessary to understand the need to follow Gandhi's path. Talking about “Agni Saatchi”, which celebrated a heroine who was
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A film on the life of iconic actress 'Rekha' - Apun Ka Choice
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Born as Bhanurekha on October 10, 1954 in Madras, Rekha is the daughter of south Indian actors Gemini Ganesan and Pushpavalli. Rekha began her career in Hindi films at the age of 13 in an inconsequential film called Saawan Bhadon. In the ensuing years,
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A lot of fuss about very little - Times LIVE
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It is only the visual splendour and special effects that make it bearable. 1.Which Tamil film featured Suresh Gopi in supporting role? 2. Name the actor who made his debut in Prema Pusthagam. 3. Name the 1968 Tamil film that had Gemini Ganesan and B
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Cops and criminals joyride from talented new director - Times LIVE
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2. Name the famous actor who celebrated his birthday last Sunday and who made his debut in a Telugu film called "Prema Pusthagam". 3. Name the 1968 Tamil film directed by K Balachander that had Gemini Ganesan and B Saroja Devi in the lead roles
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The granddaddy of Tamil films - The Hindu
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Gemini Ganesan, Nagesh, 'Major' Sundarrajan, Sivakumar, Rajesh, Jai Ganesh, Sowcar Janaki, Saroja Devi, Vanisri, Jayanthi, Kanchana, Sujatha … the list of those whose skills were honed at KB's school is endless. But how did he manage to usher in such
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Director K Balachander selected for Dadasaheb Phalke award - Times of India
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CHENNAI: All of Tamil cinema's leading stars — from MG Ramachandran, Gemini Ganesan and Sivaji Ganesan to Kamal Hassan and Rajinikanth — have worked with filmmaker K Balachander. And on Friday, the 81-year old director, known for his fearless and
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Memories of Madras — Days of baby taxis and food tickets - The Hindu
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When I entered the hostel, there was a photo of Gemini Ganesan there. He had also been an alumnus of the college. Tambaram itself was like a forest in the 1950s. It was bare and there was no traffic or even people, for that matter
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gemini Ganesan
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2005
    Age 84
    After a prolonged illness caused by renal failure and multiple organ failure, Gemini Ganesan died surrounded by Bobji and their daughters at his residence on 22 March 2005, 13:30 IST.
    More Details Hide Details He was cremated with full state honours. Prominent personalities including Tamil Nadu's chief ministers M. Karunanidhi and Jayalalitha paid their last respects to the veteran actor. Ganesan's funeral was not attended by estranged daughter Rekha, who was then at Himachal Pradesh shooting for a film.
  • FORTIES
  • 1963
    Age 42
    The only time he got anywhere near politics was, when he organised a function for poet Subramania Bharathi at Ettayapuram in 1963.
    More Details Hide Details Apart from acting, Ganesan was also a shrewd businessman and invested heavily in real estate and property development. He was a good sportsman, having captained his College Cricket team and was successful in various sports like Tennis, Golf, and Badminton. Ganesan also worked as director for the film Idhaya Malar (1976), that starred Kamal Haasan and Y. G. Mahendran. Gemini Ganesan has widely been praised for his versatily in acting, having performed a "wide range of roles". He was "at his best" with Savitri, with whom he had acted in several successful films. In February 2006, Dayanidhi Maran had released a commemorative postage stamp of the actor, who he described as a "multi-dimensional personality, who evinced keen interest in Carnatic music, reading, yoga and poetry." He is also credited for having introduced leading Tamil actor Kamal Haasan through the National Award winning Kalathur Kannamma, where the latter was a child artist. Ganesan also took part in a World Tamil Conference in Kuala Lumpur, notably because he "loved Tamil language". According to politician M. Karunanidhi, the actor had developed a "reformer's mind" because he was raised by his aunt Muthulakshmi Reddy, who fought for abolition of the devadasi system. Director K. Balachandar called Ganesan a "director's delight" and stated that, "The advantage of having him as a hero was that he was convinced about the capabilities of a director, he would leave it the director and would not interfere".
  • 1961
    Age 40
    His 1961 film Then Nilavu was the first Tamil film to be shot extensively in Jammu and Kashmir, and became a great success at the box office.
    More Details Hide Details He co-starred with rival actor M. G. Ramachandran in Muharasi (1966), which was their only film together. Konjum Salangai (1962), which featured Ganesan alongside Savithri was released in various countries outside India, having subtitles in over 22 languages, and it was also the first Tamil film to be released in Poland in a dubbed version. Ganesan's best performance is considered to be in his home production, Naan Avan Illai (1974) in which he played many roles as seducer of women. Directed by K. Balachandar, this film won high critical praise for Ganesan's performance but according to Ganesan, the film did not succeed commercially. Some of his other best works include Missiamma (the Tamil version of the Telugu film Missamma), School Master, Kanavaney Kankanda Deivam, Meenda Sorgam, Shanti Nilayam, Vaazhkai Padagu, Karpagam, Ramu, Thamarai Nenjam, and Punnagai. Ganesan had paired with several leading actresses like Anjali Devi, Pushpavalli, Padmini, Vyjayanthimala, Savithri, Devika, Vijayakumari, Saroja Devi, Rajasree, Kanchana, Jayanthi, K. R. Vijaya, Bharathi and Jayalalithaa.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1960
    Age 39
    It was also nominated for the National Film Award in 1960, along with Gemini Ganesan's Kalyana Parisu, but both lost to Bhaaga Pirivinai.
    More Details Hide Details The ruritanian romance film Vanjikottai Valiban (1958) was a high budget film and became a huge commercial success due to much hype. The historical fiction film Parthiban Kanavu (1960) won the President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film, but failed commercially.
    The film was selected for the Afro-Asian Film Festival in 1960.
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  • 1953
    Age 32
    It was not until 1953, when he played a villainous role in the film Thai Ullam opposite R. S. Manohar, did people take notice of him as an actor.
    More Details Hide Details The next year, he appeared in a supporting role in the Gemini Studios production Moondru Pillaigal, which was unsuccessful. He was then cast as a hero for the first time with Manampol Mangalyam. The film, which featured him in a dual role, paired him with his future wife Savitri, and became a "milestone in his life". From then on, he carved out a niche for himself in Tamil cinema with films that required a lot of romance but little action. In his career spanning nearly 50 years, Ganesan played a variety of roles, from Abhimanyu in Maya Bazaar (1957) to freedom fighter Madasamy in Kappalotiya Thamizhan (1961), and in Pennin Perumai (1960), he played a non-assertive imbecile morphing into a well-moulded human being. Ganesan also starred in Kalathur Kannamma (1959), which was also the debut for Kamal Haasan, who would later become one of the leading actors in Tamil cinema. The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil – Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Feature Film in 1961. Ganesan also starred in Veerapandiya Kattabomman (1959) alongside Sivaji Ganesan.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1947
    Age 26
    From the casting department, Ganesan made his film debut in 1947 with the social satire film Miss Malini, in a minor role.
    More Details Hide Details The film, which was based on the story Mr. Sampath 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. Currently, no print of that film exists, making it a lost film. This was followed by Chakradhari, in which he played another minor role as Lord Krishna. The film was a box-office success, but his performance went unnoticed.
    Later on, he took up the job of a production executive in Gemini Studios in 1947, from where the title "Gemini" was added to his name.
    More Details Hide Details He received an entry to films from the casting department of the Studio itself.
    Gemini Ganesan made his debut with Miss Malini in 1947, but was noticed only after his villainous performance in Thai Ullam in 1953.
    More Details Hide Details After playing the lead role in Manam Pola Mangalyam (1954), he finally acquired star status. However unlike Sivaji Ganesan or MGR, Gemini Ganesan was not originally a stage performer, and was never involved in politics. Also, he had not won any National Award for his performances in films. In his long film career spanning over five decades, Ganesan acted in more than 200 films mainly in Tamil, and a few in Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. His performances on the screen were enhanced by successful playback singers like A. M. Rajah and P. B. Sreenivas. In spite of his celebrated film career, Ganesan's personal life, particularly his marriage to multiple women over the years, has often been a subject of criticism. He won 2 Filmfare Awards for his entire acting career.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1940
    Age 19
    Ganesan immediately agreed and married Alamelu in June 1940.
    More Details Hide Details Alamelu lost her father and her elder sister within one month of her marriage. Ganesan's dreams of becoming a doctor shattered. There was no choice left for him but to find a job immediately as he was the only person to support his family. He got an interview from Indian Air Force. Much against Alamelu's wishes Ganesan went to Delhi. In Delhi he met his uncle Narayanaswami who advised him to become a teacher. Finally, Ganesan worked as a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, at Madras Christian College.
    Ganesan's dream was to become a doctor. In April 1940 he went to Trichy to see T.R. Alamelu.
    More Details Hide Details Alamelu's father proposed his daughter in marriage and promised him a medical seat after graduation.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1920
    Born
    Gemini Ganesan was born Ganapathi Subramania Sarma in 1920.
    More Details Hide Details Ramaswamy's father Narayanaswami was the Principal of the Maharajah's College, Pudukkottai. Early in his life, Narayanaswami was married to a Brahmin girl but on the early death of his wife, he married again, to a woman named Chandramma from the Isai Vellalar community. Notable among Narayanaswami's children with Chandramma were Muthulakshmi and Ramaswamy, father of Gemini Ganesan. His grandfather died when he was in the sixth class and later on, he lost his father as well. After the death of his father, Ganesan, along with his grandmother Bagirathi and mother Gangamma, moved to his aunt Muthulakshmi's residence, in Madras (now known as Chennai). Life in the city did not suit Gangamma, and she decided to go back to Pudukkottai. His birth name is widely accepted as Ramaswamy Ganesan, though it is also rumoured to have been Ganapati Subramanian Sarma.
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