2 July 1980 |
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
|Other names||Golden Star Ganesh,
Comedy Time Ganesh,
|Occupation||Actor, producer, director|
|Height||5 ft 7 in|
|Spouse(s)||Shilpa Ganesh (2008–present)|
Ganesh (Kannada: ಗಣೇಶ್) (born 2 July 1980) is an Indian film actor and producer in the Kannada film industry. After having found success in television as a show host and supporting actor, he made his film debut as a lead with Chellata in 2006. He shot to popularity with the blockbuster film Mungaru Male (2006), which became one of the biggest hits in Kannada cinema.
Guttu was Ganesh's first ever on-camera project. Though it was made as a telefilm in Karnataka, it ran into difficulties getting a timeslot to air, and the frustrated producers played it as a feature in festivals and select theatres in the USA, Ganesh played the hero, Deepak, a hapless software systems analyst, who gets caught up in the ambitious adventure of an NRI woman (played by Chaya Singh) who visits India to try and re-trace her family tree. His flair for comedy and knack for timing showed through in this first role.
He acted in several TV serials, including Yadva Tadva, Vataara (directed by Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar) and Pa Pa Pandu (directed by Sihi Kahi Chandru).
As a TV artist he popularised the television program Comedy Time. The program was telecast on Udaya TV from Monday to Friday at 5:00–5:30pm in the beginning and later at 5:30–6:00pm. The program concept was unique: Viewers would write a letter to the anchor describing their family and mentioning their telephone number. Then the anchor would call their number, disguising himself as someone else and fool them. After reading each letter a comedy scene from a chosen Kannada film was telecast in the interim. His unique style of greeting the viewers at the start and end of the program was popular, especially with children.
His first film was Guttu, a telefilm directed by India's youngest female film director, Priyabharati Joshi, an NRI who came to India with the intention of entering the Indian film industry. Priyabharati offered Ganesh Guttu just as he was about to graduate from Adarsh Film Institute, against the advice of industry insiders who criticised her choice of a newcomer. Guttu was Ganesh's first time facing the camera, before moving on to his TV career and later, feature films.
Ganesh's first feature wide-release film, Chellata, was a moderate success and ran up to 125 days in some theatres. Rekha Vedavyas, who had already acted in quite a few films, acted opposite Ganesh in this film.
Then came the 2006 film Mungaru Male, which was a roaring success. The film was directed by Yograj Bhat. Yograj had narrated the script to Puneeth Rajkumar, who rejected it. Ganesh had been involved in the script development process and was curious to act in the movie. He got director Bhat to meet E. Krishnappa. Since Krishnappa knew Ganesh (both hail from Adakamaranahalli, Nelamangala), he agreed to finance the film. Since Yograj Bhat could not get dates from any Kannada actress, he signed a relatively unknown actress, Pooja Gandhi. The film's lyrics were penned by Jayant Kaikini and music was composed by part-time music director Mano Murthy. Jayant Kaikini, son of renowned writer late Gourish Kaikini, was a well-known columnist and writer. The film was mainly shot during the rainy season in places like Madikeri, Sakaleshpura, Jog Falls and Gadag.
His third film as hero, Hudugaata, was released on 8 June 2007. His subsequent films have included Cheluvina Chithara (2007), Gaalipata (2008), Krishna (2007), Aramane (2008), Bombaat (2008), Sangama (2008), Circus (2009), Ullasa Utsaha, and MaLeyali Jotheyali (2009), Eno Onthara (2010), "Kool" (2011), "Maduve Mane" (2011), "Shyloo" (2011) and "Munjane" and "Romeo" (2012).
- Best Actor (Kannada), 56th Filmfare Awards South: Gaalipata
- Best Actor (Kannada), 57th Filmfare Awards South: Maleyali Jotheyali
- Most Popular Actor, 2008 Ujala Suvarna Film Awards
- Comedy Time on Udaya TV
- Maleyali Jotheyali Special Comedy Time on Udaya Movies
- Super Minute on ETV Kannada
Supporting roles in movies
- Tapori (first film as villan)
- Aham Premasmi
- Amrithadhare (supporting role as a comedy actor)
- Koun Baneghaga Kotyadhipathi
- Baa Baaro Rasika
- O Priyathama
- Abbabba Yentha Huduga
In leading role
|2006||Chellata||Ganesh||Rekha Vedavyas||M. D. Shidhar||100 days.|
|2006||Mungaru Male||Preetham||Pooja Gandhi||Yograj Bhat||Grand Hit -Record Breaking 850 Days|
|2007||Hudugaata||Balu Mahendar||Rekha Vedavyas||Sanjay. K||100 days|
|2007||Cheluvina Chittara||Maadesha||Amoolya||S. Narayan||250 days.|
|2007||Krishna||Krishna||Pooja Gandhi, Sharmila Mandre||M. D. Sridhar||125 days.|
|2008||Gaalipata||Gani||Daisy Bopanna||Yograj Bhat||Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Kannada 150 days.|
|2008||Bombaat||Anand||Ramya||D. Rajendra Babu||25 days|
|2008||Sangama||Balu||Vedhika||Ravi Verma||50 days.|
|2009||Circus||Ganesh||Archana Gupta||Dayal Padmanabhan||50 days|
|2009||Ullasa Utsaha||Preetham||Yami Gautam||Devaraj Palan||Remake of Telugu film Ullasamga Utsahamga|
|2010||Maleyali Jotheyali||Preetham||Anjana Sukhani, Yuvika Chaudhary||Preetham Gubbi||Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Kannada|
|2010||Eno Onthara||Rohan||Priyamani||Mussanje Mahesh||Remake of Tamil film Kushi|
|2010||Kool...Sakkath Hot Maga||Sunil R Naik||Sana Khan||Golden Star Ganesh||25 days.|
|2011||Maduve Mane||Sunil R Naik||Shradha Arya||Sunil R Naik||50 days|
|2011||Shyloo||Sunil R Naik||Bhama||S. Narayan||Remake of Tamil film Mynaa. 75 days|
|2012||Munjane||Manu||Manjari Phadnis||S Narayan||flop|
|2012||Romeo||Ganesh||Bhavana||P. C. Shekhar||50 days|
|2012||Mr. 420||Krishna||Pranitha Subhash||Pradeep Raj||flop|
|2013||Auto Raja||Raja||Bhama||Udaya Prakash||Completed 50 Days|
|2013||Sakkare||Vinay||Deepa Sannidhi||Abhaya Simha||25 days|
|2013||Shravani Subramanya||Subramanya||Amulya||Manju Swaraj||Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Kannada
Smash Hit 100 Days
|2014||Dil Rangeela||Preetham||Rachita Ram||Preetham Gubbi||Completed 50 Days|
|2014||Khushi Khushiyagi||Amulya, Nandini Rai||Yogi G Raj||Post production|
|2014||Buguri||Richa Panai||M D Sridhar||Filming|
|2015||Style King||Ramya Nambeesan||P. C. Shekar||Announced|
|2015||Zoom||Radhika Pandit||Prashanth Raj||Announced|
- "Suvarna awards for Milana, Puneet, Pooja". My-Kannada.com. 31 March 2008.