Gemini Ganesan is one of the yesteryears South Indian Cinema big names after M.G. Ramachandran and Sivaji Ganesan. He was referred fondly as ‘King of Romance’ and was paired with top-rated heroines including Saroja Devi, Vyjayantimala, Devika, and Sowkar Janaki.
Gemini Ganesan was born in the year 1919 on November 16. He completed his graduation and belonged to an orthodox Brahmin family. He initiated his career in the Madras Christian College as a lecturer and began working from 1947 as an executive in Gemini Studios. Thus, from Ramaswamy Ganesan his original became, he got the name as Gemini Ganesan. By the age of 30, he came as a film hero introduced by AVM Productions and acquired the star status. In fact, between 1950 and 1978, he acted and also gave several hits in the box-office.
Gemini Ganesan married Alamelu at 19 and she was the first Gemini Ganesan spouse. Later, after getting into the film world, he married सावित्री, though he stayed married to Alamelu, as well. Of course, he also had many other affairs.
Gemini Ganesan children were seven daughters with a son. Ganesan and Alamelu had four daughters, and also they were Revathi, Kamala, and Jayalakshmi. All the three daughters are doctors, while the fourth daughter Narayani is with The Times of India as a journalist. There are two more Gemini Ganesan daughters, Rekha and Radha, with Pushpavalli. Rekha is a Bollywood actress and Radha acted in Tamil films for a very few films, and then preferred migrating to the U.S. after marriage.
Ganesan and Savitri have two children Vijaya Chamundeswari, daughter and Satheesh Kumar, a son. He was a boastful father having a son and seven daughters. His daughters, Rekha is Bollywood mega-star Rekha, while Ji Ji, his second daughter also was into Tamil films. One of his daughters, Kamala Selvaraj, is a Chennai-based prominent gynecologist.
Ganesan never entered the political arena and also did his films in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam. In his mid-ages, he did father roles till the late 1990s. however, his acting with different languages in all accounts to 200 numbers.
Awards and Accolades
- Gemini Ganesan in 1971 was the Padmasree recipient.
- He also won MGR Gold Medal, Kalaimamani, and screen lifetime achievement awards.
After several months he passed away at the age of 84. He suffered from bad health and on 22 March 2005 he passed away at his home.
Movie Name Hero & Heroine
|Naam Iruvar Namakku Iruvar (1998) Prabhu Deva, Meena|
|Avvai Shanmugi (1996) Kamal Hassan, Meena|
|Bhamane Satya Bhamane (1996) Kamal Hassan, Meena, Gemini Ganesan, Nasseer, Heera Rajgopal|
|Mettukudi (1996) Karthik, Nagma|
|Rudra Veena (1988) Chiranjeevi, Sobhana, Gemini Ganesan|
|Unnal Mudiyum Thambi (1988) Kamal Hassan, Seetha Parthiban|
|Sri Kanchi Kamakshi (1980) Gemini Ganesan, Sujatha|
|Allauddin Adhbhuta Deepam (1979) Kamal Hassan, Rajnikanth|
|Shiv Doot (1977) Tikrusha, Raghavan|
|Sreemurukan (1977) Thikkurisi Sukumaran Nair, Raghavan|
|Swamy Ayyappan (1975) Gemini Ganesan, Thikkurisi Sukumaran Nair|
|Devi Kanyaakumaari (1974) Thikkurisi Sukumaran Nair, Balachandran T K|
|Naan Avanillai (1974) Gemini Ganesan, Kamal Hassan|
Agathiyar (1972) T S Balaiah, Chandrababu
|Enna Muthalali Soukkiyama (1972) Gemini Ganesan, K R Vijaya|
|Kurathi Magan (1972) Gemini Ganesan, Kamal Hassan|
|Velli Vizha (1972) Gemini Ganesan, Vanisri|
|Annai Velankanni (1971) Gemini Ganesan, Kamal Hassan|
|Punnagai (1971) Gemini Ganesan, Jayanthi|
|Kan Malar (1970) Gemini Ganesan, Saroja Devi|
|Kaviyath Thalaivi (1970) Gemini Ganesan, Showkar Janaki|
|Malathi (1970) Gemini Ganesan, B Saroja Devi|
|Iru Kodugal (1969) Gemini Ganesan, Showkar Janaki|
|Poova Thalaya (1969) Gemini Ganesan, Nirmala|
|Thanga Malar (1969) Gemini Ganesan, B Saroja Devi|
|Chakkaram (1968) Gemini Ganesan, A V M Rajan|
|Sati Sumati (1967) Kantha Rao, Anjali Devi|
|Mugaraasi (1966) M G Ramachandran, Gemini Ganesan|
|Saraswathi Sabatham (1966) Shivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan|
|Hello Mister Zamindar (1965) Gemini Ganesan, Savitri|
|Veera Abhimanyu (1965) A V M Rajan, Kanchana|
|Ayiram Roopai (1964) Gemini Ganesan, Savitri|
|Karpagam (1963) Gemini Ganesan, Savitri|
|Bandha Pasam (1962) Shivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan|
|Parthal Pasi Theerum (1962) Gemini Ganesan, B Saroja Devi|
|Patha Kaanikai (1962) Gemini Ganesan, Savitri|
|Bhagya Lakshmi (1961) Gemini Ganesan, Showkar Janaki|
|Kappallotiya Tamizhan (1961) Shivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan|
|Kappalottiya Thamizhan (1961) Gemini Ganesan, Shivaji Ganesan|
|Nazrana (1961) Raj Kapoor, Vyjayanthimala|
|Pasamalar (1961) Gemini Ganesan, Shivaji Ganesan|
Ellarum Innattu Mannar (1960) Gemini Ganesan, B Saroja Devi
|Kalathur Kannamma (1960) Gemini Ganesan, Kamal Hassan, Savitri|
|Parthiban Kanavu (1960) Ashokan, Gemini Ganesan|
|Bhagya Devathai (1959) Gemini Ganesan, Savitri|
|Kalyana Parisu (1959) Akkineni Nageshwara Rao, B Saroja Devi|
|Penn Kulathin Pon Vilakku (1959) Gemini Ganesan, MN Rajam|
|Vazha Vaitha Daivam (1959) Gemini Ganesan, B Saroja Devi|
|Veerapandiya Kattabomman (1959) Gemini Ganesan, Shivaji Ganesan|
|Bhuloka Rambha (1958) Gemini Ganesan, Anjali Devi|
|Pathi Bhakthi (1958) Shivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan|
|School Master (1958) Shivaji Ganesan, B Saroja Devi|
|Karpurakarasi (1957) Gemini Ganesan, Savitri|
|Manalaney Mangayin Baggiam (1957) Gemini Ganesan, Anjali Devi|
|Maya Bazaar (1957) NTR, S V Ranga Rao, Savitri, ANR|
|Maya Bazaar (Old) (1957) NTR, S V Ranga Rao, Savitri, Gemini Ganesan|
|Devta (1956) Gemini Ganesan, Anjali Devi|
|Gunasundari (1955) Gemini Ganesan, Savitri|
|Missiamma (1955) Gemini Ganesan, Savitri|
|Avvaiyyar (1953) Gemini Ganesan, Kushala Kumari|
|Chakradhari (1948) Gemini Ganesan, Chittor V Nagaiah|
|Mata Velankanni ( ) Gemini Ganesan, Sundarrajan|
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