Sunday, January 8, 2012

GEMINI GANESAN

 MGR was tremendously victorious with his stylish gestures, mannerisms and his startling action packed
movies which gained worldwide appreciation,.At the same time Shivaji Ganesan created wonders with his impalpable face expressions,
stunning non-stop dialogue delivery which trembled cinema houses.In this period there was another super star
who possessed fabulous acting skill and transcendent gestures who impressed the masses.When MGR  received applause for his action movies and Shivaji Ganesan was noted for his melodramatic films, Gemini Ganesan
was loved for his ability to portray romantic scenes.His impressive unique style of romantic acting in an
endearing and ravishing manner was liked by women audience and youth of those days.Soon he was given the title 'Kathal Mannan(King of Romance).Most of his films were romantic movies which were super hits.In several  films he acted with Shivaji Ganesan which were all block busters of those days.MGR ,Shivaji Ganesan and
Gemini Ganesan were controlling  Tamil cinema field during that period as a trio.
Ramaswami Ganesan was born on 17 November 1920 to  parents Ramaswamy and Gangamma of Princely State of Puthukkottai.He belonged to a very highly respected family.Gemini Ganesan graduated from Madras Christian College.He married a girl by name Alamelu in 1940.When Alamelu's father and elder sister died within one month of the marriage he dropped his plan of studying for medicine and tried for a job.His first job was as a lecturer in the Dept. of Chemistry of Madras Christian College and after wards accepted the executive job at Gemini Studio.His work at Gemini Studios earned him the name 'Gemini Ganesan'.
His entry in to the acting field was with the film 'Miss.Malini' followed by another film 'Chakravarthy'.He was
noted for his villain role in "Thai Ullam' of 1953.He became a hero in the film 'Manam pol Mangalyam' in the year 1954.(Savitri was the heroine of that film whom he married later and she  became the mother of his two children.)Soon Gemini Ganesan gained appreciation as a romantic hero and rose to stardom.He paired with
Meena Kumari,Vyjayanthimala,Anjali Devi,Bhanumathi,Padmini,B.S.Saroja Devi,Savitri,Sowcar Janaki,K.R.Vijaya,Devika,Jayalalitha and Sridevi.He had acted in Hindi,Telugu and Malayalam films also.
Gemini Ganesan was least interested in politics and kept a distance always.
Film 'Kalyana Parisu' of "59 with Gemini Ganesan and B.S.Saroja Devi was a highly acclaimed film.It was the first Tamil movie for which singer A.M.Raja composed music.A.M.Raja's debut film as music composer was for a Telugu film.
The film 'Paava Mannippu' of 1961 was a super hit film in which Shivaji Ganesan,M.R.Radha,Gemini Ganesan,Savitri, and Devika were actors.That film was selected as the second best feature film of India
of that year.Three children adopted from their home and raised by their foster parents in  Hindu,Christian and Muslim  families.This complicated story and melodious songs were highly appreciated by all.'Kalangalil Aval Vasantham..Kalaikalile Aval.. '  is still sung by young and old.Songs like 'Athan ..Yenna than..; were
also very much liked at that time.Music composer M.S.Viswanathan has done a marvelous work for that film.The succulent voice of P.B.Sreenivas was well suited for Gemini Ganesan and whenever they combined together,
those songs  provided  tranquility for the mind and ears of the audience.
'Konjum Salangai' of 1962 was very much appreciated for the evergreen song 'Shingara Velane Deva'  and Gemini Ganesan and Savitri were in main roles.The film  was remade in Telugu in which Gemini Ganesan was the hero and the song 'Nee Leela
Padeda Deva' got much accolade for S.Janaki.
Gemini Ganesan was very much familiar  for Malayalam film audience also.He was always called for portraying the Lord Shiva role in Mythological films of Malayalam..'Sree Guruvayoorappan,Swamy Ayyappan,Devi Kanya Kumari,Kumara Sambhavam,Sree Murugan' etc were some of his Malayalam films in which his role was that of Lord Shiva which suited him very much.His dialogues in these films were dubbed by himself and was perfect without Tamil slang.His films Annai Velankanni,Saraswathi Sapadham,Jesus,Agathyar,Paava Mannippu,Kalyana Parisu, PasaMalar,Karpagam,Veera Pandya Katta Bomman etc etc  were also hits in Kerala and
earned him many fans in Kerala also.
Gemini Ganesan married film actress Pushpavally also and Film Star Rekha is his daughter in Pushpavally.
Gemini Ganesan died on 22 March 2005.He is survived by seven daughters and a son who are Film Star Rekha, Dr.Revathy Swaminathan,Dr.Kamala Selvaraj,Dr.Jaya Sreedhar,Radha Usman Syed,Narayani Ganesh,
Vijaya Chamundeswari  and Sathish Kumar Ganesan.
Gemini Ganesan was given 'Padma Shri' Civilian Award in 1971 by Government of India.
Selected Filmography
Miss Malini
Thai Ullam
Penn
Avvayyar
Misiamma
Kanavane Kan Kanda Daivam
Prema Pasam
Devta
Bale Ramadu
Asai
Miss Mary
Maya Bazaar
Vanji Kottai Valiban
Kalyana Parisu
Suhag
School Master
Sougandh
Pasa Malar
Nazrana
Ramu
Kandan Karunai
Kumara Sambhavam
Annai Velankanni
Velli Vizha
Sree Guruvayoorappan
Professor
Kurathi Magan
Kattilla Thottilla
Kappalottiya Thamizhan


Kanna Nalama
Saraswathi Sapadham
Agathyar
Parthiban
Kalathur Kannamma
Enna Mudalali Soukyama
Nan Avanillai
Jesus
Swami Ayyappan
Idaya Malar
Esthappan
Unnai Mudiyum Thambi
Avvai Shanmukhi
Mettukudi
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