As far as fans of Tamil cinema are concerned, Gemini Ganesan is a name that truly needs no introduction at all. During his illustrious career, he had established himself as an artiste par excellence thanks to his charming personality, engaging performances and of course unmatchable style of on screen romance. Today, on the occasion of Gemini Ganesan’s birth anniversary, let us revisit his personal/professional life and take a look at how he became an integral part of Southern cinema.
‘Kadhal Mannan’ was born on 17 November, 1920 in British India. After initially working at Gemini studios, he made his big screen debut with the 1947 release ‘Miss Malini’. Sadly, the film proved to be a failure and did not really help his career. Gemini Ganesan ultimately got a big break in 1953 when he played a negative role in ‘Thai Ullam’ and delivered a solid performance. Thereafter, he played a dual role in ‘Manam Pola Mangalaym’ and added a new dimension to his career. In the years that followed, he carved a niche for himself and starred in quite a few memorable films. Some of his most popular films are ‘Naan Avan Illai’, ‘Then Nilavu’ and ‘School Master’ to name a few. Interestingly, 1957 he made his Bollywood debut with ‘Miss Mary’, which did well at the box office. His other noteworthy Hindi films include ‘Raj Tilak and ‘Nazrana’.
In the 1990’s, towards the end of his career, he began playing supporting roles and delivered memorable performances in films like ‘Avan Shanmughi’ . His last major release was the Prabhudheva starrer ‘Naam Iruvar Namakku Iruvar’ which hit screens in 1998 and proved to be an average grosser.
In 2002, he passed away because of a multiple organ failure and left a void in the world of cinema. His funeral was attended by the likes of Karunanidhi and Jayalalitha
Interestingly, Gemini Ganesan will soon come alive on the big screen in ‘Mahanati’. The film is based on the life of his wife and noted yesteryear star Savitri and will see Dulquer Salmaan essay a character on Gemini Ganesan. All in all, even years after his death, he remains an inseparable part of Southern cinema.
Here are some rare photos of the superstar
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