Asian tribune may , 2009

Documentary on Gemini Ganesan to be released soon

Gemini Ganesandocumentary is being made on the late top actor Gemini Ganesan, who dominated Tamil filmdom for more than five decades, and it would be released soon. Produced in English, Tamil and Telugu, the 90-minute film is produced by Ganesan's daughter Kamala Selvaraj and directed by Venkatesh.

The documentary has 30 eminent film personalities narrating their experiences of working with the actor, Kamala Selvaraj said. "The film dwells on my father's personal and professional life. It took more than six months to produce this documentary," she added. Fondly known as 'Kadhal Mannan' (King of Romance), Ganesan had acted in several box-office hits like Pava Mannippu, Pasa Malar, Parthal Pasi Theerum,, Aadi Perukku, Konjum Salangai, Irukodugal, Shanti Nilayam, Vanji Kottai Valipan, Thein Nilavu, Yaar Paiyan, Maya Bazaar,Manampol Mangalyam, Kolathur Kannamma, Parthiban Kanavu , etc.

A Padma Shri awardee, he acted with many top heroines including Savithri, whom he later married, Anjalidevi, Banumathi, Padmini, Saroja Devi, former Rajya Sabha member Vaijayanthi Mala, "Sowcar" Janaki, K.R. Vijaya, Devika and former C M of Tamil Nadu and AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa. Gemini Ganesan was one of the "Big Three" of Tamil cinema, the other two being the late M.G.Ramachandran and Sivaji Ganesan. Although Sivaji excelled in films with drama, and MGR dominated movies with thrilling fight-scenes, Ganesan held his own with sensitive portrayals of the yearning lover. He had starred in more than 200 films, including a few in Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. He died on March 22, 2005, at the age of 84, after a prolonged illness. - Asian Tribune -

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