Ganesh (actor)

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Born (1980-07-02) 2 July 1980 (age 34)
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Other names Golden Star Ganesh,
Comedy Time Ganesh,
Occupation Actor, producer, director
Years active 2001–present
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.[1]


Television career[edit]

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.

Following the success of this TV show, fans started to call him "Comedy Time" Ganesh. His mother belongs to the Vokkaliga community from Bellary and his father is from utharkand.[2][3]


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).



On TV[edit]

TV shows[edit]

Supporting roles in movies[edit]

  • O Priyathama
  • Abbabba Yentha Huduga

In leading role[edit]

Year Film Role Co-star Director Other notes
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 Aramane Arun Roma Nagashekar 100 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[citation needed] Richa Panai[5] M D Sridhar Filming
2015 Style King Ramya Nambeesan P. C. Shekar Announced
2015 Zoom Radhika Pandit Prashanth Raj Announced


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