Gemini Ganesan passes away

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  1. jusmail

    jusmail New Member

    Gemini Ganesan passes away
    Veteran Tamil film star Gemini Ganesan, who lived up to his image as a king of romance
    both on and off screen and donned some memorable roles during a career that spanned
    over five decades, died at his residence here in the early hours of Tuesday, his
    family said.
    Ganesan, who had acted in over 200 films, including some in Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam
    and Kannada, was 84 and is survived by seven daughters and a son, among them popular
    Hindi film star Rekha, born to his second wife Pushpavalli.
    The actor, who had been ailing since November last year, breathed his last at 1.10 am.

    1920 - 2005
    Tamil cinema bids adieu to ‘King of Romance’
    In his career spanning nearly four decades, Ganesan acted in over 200 films in Tamil,
    Telugu and Malayalam. He had also featured in a popular TV serial.
    In a world dominated by the two pillars of Tamil cinema, Sivaji Ganesan and M G Ramachandran
    for nearly four decades, Gemini Ganesan carved a niche for himself. But while he
    co-starred with Sivaji in a few films, including the silver jubilee hit Pasamalar,
    he never acted with MGR.
    Hailing from an orthodox Brahmin family, Ganesan was one of the few graduates to
    join the world of cinema in those days. After working as a lecturer in the Madras
    Christian College, he joined the Gemini Studios as a production executive in 1947.
    Born Ramaswami Ganesan, he came to be known as Gemini Ganesan after his foray into
    films. Though he acted in minor roles in a few films, it took him six years to become
    a hero at age 30, when AVM Productions signed him on for Penn and Kanavane Kan Kanda
    Deivam, the films that gained him star status.
    A Padma Shree recipient in 1971, Ganesan had also won other awards like ‘Kalaimamani’,
    ‘MGR Gold Medal’ and ‘Screen Life Time Achievement Award’.
    A romantic by nature, that earned him the epithet ‘Kadal Mannan’ (King of romance),
    Gemini not only enacted soft roles, but also dealt with heavy subjects that had his
    own touch, yet rarely melodramatic. In his heydays between 1950 and 1970, Ganesan
    acted in several box-office hits and was paired with top heroines such as Savithri,
    whom he later married, Saroja Devi, Vyjayanthi Mala, ‘Sowcar’ Janaki and Devika.
    Prominent among his super-hit films are Missiamma, Vanjikottai Valiban, Kalyana Parisu,
    Meenda Sorgam, Konjum Salangai and Sumai Thangi.
    With director K Balachandar, he acted in memorable films like Punnagai (remake of
    Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Satyakam), Kaviya Talaivi (remake of Hrishikesh’s Mamta),
    Iru Kodugal and Unnal Mudiyum Thambi. Among his recent films was Avvai Shanmughi
    (adapted from Mrs Doubtfire) in which he co-starred with Kamal Haasan.
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha and DMK president M Karunanidhi, who have
    had long associations with the film world, were among the prominent personalities
    who called at the late actor’s residence to pay homage.
    Actor Kamal Hassan, whose maiden film as child artiste was Kalathur Kannamma in which
    Gemini and Savithri played lead roles, comedians Nagesh and Manorama and veteran
    directors K Balachandar and Bharati Raja also paid tributes.
    As per Jayalalitha’s instructions, Gemini was cremated with full police honours at
    the Besant Nagar electric crematorium. However, his daughter Bollywood actress Rekha
    could not attend the funeral as she was away in Kulu-Manali on prior film commitments.
  2. jayswami

    jayswami Blue J

    yea sad very sad... i seen many of his movies.. this geetanjali show we did one of his songs.. paatu paata vaa

    its sad rekha couldnt make it.. i think it may have been something to do with family politics and religious and social taboos.. illegit children not allowed in funerals...
  3. tejas

    tejas ..........

    Yeah, very sad. He was a very good actor. May his soul rest in peace.
  4. d_ist_urb_ed

    d_ist_urb_ed Genuflect b*tches!

    Very sad....fine actor.....
  5. nehemiah

    nehemiah New Member

    rekha was his daughter????? meaning rekha is tamilian
  6. Taifi

    Taifi New Member

    i dont know this guy but i know one thing and shd write it here:'may his soul rest in peace'

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