Sivaji Ganesan

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Sivaji Ganesan
Born Villupuram Chinnaiahpillai Ganesan
(1928-10-01)1 October 1928
Sirkali Sirkazhi, Tanjore District (Madras Presidency)(now Tamil Nadu), India
Died 21 July 2001(2001-07-21) (aged 72)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Other names Nadigar Thilagam[1]
Years active 1952–1999
Spouse(s) Kamala Ganesan
Children Ramkumar Ganesan
Shanthi Ganesan
Thenmozhi Ganesan
Prabhu Ganesan
Awards

Sivaji Ganesan was an actor of Tamil Cinema. He is also known as "Nadigar Thilagam", which means 'the pride of actors' (Tamil: நடிகர் திலகம்). He was one of the most respected movie actors in India. He was well known for his acting skills and versatility. He became an actor after performing as a stage actor in his childhood.[2]

Early life and family[change | change source]

Sivaji' s real name is Villupuram Chinnaiahpillai Ganesan. He was born in Sirkazhi, Thanjavur district (now in Nagapattinam district), Madras Presidency (now Tamil Nadu) on 1 October 1928. He became an actor after performing as a stage actor in his childhood. He married Kamala and has two sons and two daughters named Ramkumar Ganesan, Prabhu Ganesan, Thenmozhi Ganesan and Shanti Ganesan.

Acting[change | change source]

Sivaji Ganesan acted in 283 movies in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. His career was started in the year 1952 and existed till 1999 for 47 years. His first movie was Parasakthi. This movie tells about the misfortunes of the members of a Tamil family during World War II, how they met their individual fate and reunite again.[3] This movie was a great success running for 175 days.

Andha Naal, a movie in 1954 by Sivaji set a new trend with no songs. The same year he acted along with Revolutionary leader M.G.Ramachandran in the movie Koondukkili. His role in the movie Veerapandiya Kattabomman won him "Best actor" award at Afro-Asian Film Festival held at Cairo in March 1960. He was the first Indian to get the award abroad.

Sivaji acted in nine roles by himself in the movie of Navarathri. He acted as many epic characters such as Bhagat Singh, Veerapandiya Kattabomman, Karna, Lord Shiva etc. His first blockbuster came from the movie of Vasantha Maaligai in the year 1972. Following this movies like Gauravam, Raja Raja Cholan, Karna, Pasamalar, Kappalottiya Tamilan, Bale Pandiya, Thri Soolam etc became ultimate blockbuster movies.[4]His last works are Padaiyappa and Pooparikka Varigirom released in the year 1999.[5]

Death[change | change source]

Sivaji Ganesan had respiratory problems and heart ailments. He was admitted in Apollo Hospital in Chennai on 21 June 2001. He died at 7:45 pm that day at the age of 72. His eldest son Ramkumar Ganesan performed his last rituals of his funeral at the Besant Nagar Crematorium, Chennai.[6]

Awards and honours[change | change source]

  1. Padma Shri in 1966
  2. Padma Bhushan in 1984
  3. Chevalier award in 22 April 1995 given by the National Order of the Legion of the Honour of France. First Indian to get this award.
  4. He is first Indian actor to get the best actor award from a foreign film festival 1960 – Best Actor in Asia – Africa Continent Award at the Afro-Asian Film Festival for Veerapandiya Kattabomman
  5. One day mayor of the city of Niagara Falls in 1960.
  6. Sivaji was presented with Golden key of Cairo in 1960
  7. National Film Award-Special Jury Award for Thevar Magan movie in 1992
  8. Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1996
  9. Best Tamil Actor Award for Gnana Oli in 1972
  10. Best Tamil Actor Award for Gauravam in 1973
  11. Best Tamil Actor Award for Muthal Mariyathai in 1985
  12. Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award - South in 1985
  13. NTR National Award from Government of Andhra Pradesh in 1998
  14. Kalaimamani from Government of Tamil Nadu in 1997
  15. Honorary doctorate from Annamalai University in 1986

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