Shivaji Ganeshan-Age, Family, Wife, Bio, And More

Shivaji Ganeshan was predominantly active in Tamil cinema, where he made his debut with the 1952 “Parashakti”, Shivaji Ganesan acted in around 300 films. Shivaji Ganeshan was predominantly active in Tamil cinema, where Shivaji Ganeshan made his debut with the 1952 “Parashakti”, Ganeshan acted in around 300 films.

Shivaji Ganeshan’s Bio

Shivaji Ganeshan’s Real NameV. Chinnaiya Manrayar Ganesamoorthy
Shivaji Ganeshan’s Born1 October 1928
Birth PlaceVillupuram of Madras Presidency (present-day Tamil Nadu)
Died21 July 2001 (Aged 72)Chennai

Shivaji Ganeshan Family

Ramkumar Ganeshan (Popular Film producer)
ParentsFather- Chinnaiya Manrayar
Mother- Rajamani Ammal.

Facts About Shiva Ganeshan

  • At the age of just seven, Shivaji Ganeshan left his home to join a theater group. 
  • In December 1945, Ganeshmurthy portrayed the Maratha ruler Shivaji in a play titled “Shivaji Kanda Hindu Rajyam”. 
  • His performance was so iconic that the name became associated with him, and Ganeshmurthy earned the nickname “Shivaji”, who was known by that name for the rest of his life.
  • Since childhood, Ganeshan had a very good memory and he used to present long dialogues well in front of the audience without any help. The audience used to get engrossed by his performance, later when he came to the world of the big screen, here too he benefited a lot from this talent and his style became especially popular.
  • Shivaji Ganeshan was primarily active in Tamil cinema, where he made his debut with 1952’s “Parashakti”, Ganesan acted in around 300 films, including Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi language films. 
  • In a career spanning nearly five decades, Shivaji Ganeshan won several awards, and was the first Indian actor to win the Best Actor award at an international film festival (the Afro-Asian Film Festival in Cairo, Egypt), for his “Veerpandiya Kattabomman”.
  • By the age of 10, he had started performing on stage. By working in the drama company, he had come to acting and dancing. 
  • Ganesan had duly learned Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Manipuri dance.
  • Sivaji Ganesan did a remarkable job in South Tamil cinema in the last five decades of the 20th century. He has acted in about 300 films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi languages. 
  • He is also known by the title of Nadigar Thilagam, which means – Pride of Actors.
  • The first Indian actor to win an International Award – Shivaji Ganesan is the first Indian actor to win the Best Actor Award at the Afro-Asian Film Festival held in Cairo, Egypt in 1960.
  • Many actors of South cinema have admitted that they are influenced by Ganesan’s acting.
  • In 1995, France awarded him its highest honour, the Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honour.
  • In 1997, the Government of India honored him with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, which is India’s highest award in the field of cinema.
  • Shivaji Ganeshan Movies- Shivaji Ganeshan started his film career in 1952 with ‘Parasakthi’. His biggest blockbuster was the 1961 film ‘Pasamalar’, which was a family drama. It is still considered one of the biggest achievements of Tamil cinema.
  • The 1964 film Navarathi was Ganeshan’s 100th film, in which he played nine characters simultaneously. Later on this basis in Hindi the film ‘Naya Din Nayi Raat’ was made in which Sanjeev Kumar played nine roles. His films have also been remade in the Sinhalese language.
  • He also acted in the Hindi film ‘Dharti’ released in 1970. The film was a remake of his original film ‘Sivandh Maan’. Many of his films were remade in other languages as well.
  • Shivaji Ganeshan managed to a great extent in striking a balance between commercial, mythological and experimental films in his film journey. Later he also joined politics and joined DMK. But his journey with the DMK did not last long and he became a Congress supporter. He was also elected to the Rajya Sabha. He even started a party of his own.
Shivaji Ganeshan
Shivaji Ganeshan

Shivaji Ganeshan Movies

Shivaji Ganeshan Awards

  • Kalaimamani- 1962
  • Padma Shri- 1966
  • Padma Bhushan- 1984
  • Chevalier- 1995
  • Dada Saheb Phalke Award- 1996
  • NTR National Award- 1998

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