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Online edition of India's National Newspaper Sunday, July 22, 2001

 Sivaji, an actor nonpareil  By Our Tamil Nadu Bureau

CHENNAI, JULY 21. The news of the demise of Sivaji Ganesan plunged the State in grief. Besides members of the Celluloid world, politicians cutting across party lines and ardent fans expressed shock and distress over the death of the veteran actor. A number of cine personalities hurried over to the hospital to pay their last respects to the departed actor, including top stars Kamal Hassan,

Rajnikant and Mrs. Latha Rajnikant, Vijayakanth, Radhika Sarathkumar, Bharathiraja and Ibrahim Rowther.

The DMK president and former Chief Minister, Mr. M. Karunanidhi, said the death had caused unbearable grief to him. Recalling his long friendship with Sivaji Ganesan, Mr. Karunanidhi said the actor ushered in a revolution in the Tamil art world. He won the acclaim of artistes world-wide. Mr. Karunanidhi conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family. The CPI State Secretary, Mr. R. Nallakannu, said Sivaji Ganesan fetched honours for Tamil Nadu by his excellent acting. Mr. G. A. Vadivelu, president of the Janata Dal (secular), said the death was a loss not only for Tamil Nadu but for the entire nation.

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Ganeshan is. The screen presence of this man was legendary. He had found his place in the heart of the Tamil audience, at times when melodramatic and chocolate-faced heroes ruled the Tamil film world. His commanding voice and mobile face which delivered the expressions straight to the hearts, made a man with his own class. Many tried to copy his dramatic and powerful acting style, but ended up hamming.

The parade of films that made him a legend started right from his debut film 'Parashakthi'. 'Verrapandaya Kattabomman' gave the Tamilians the im age of the ultimate historical hero. But what makes him timeless is the versatile acting style that he easily adopted in his recent films. In films like 'Thevar Makan' and 'Love Today' he was seen reacting to and acting with young and energetic stars like Kamalhassan and Vijay. These films gives us an impression that, Stars come and go but artists like Sivaji Ganeshan would always stay above the time

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