K. B. Ganesh Kumar
|K. B. Ganesh Kumar|
|May 18, 2011 - April 1, 2013 (Resigned)|
2011 - 2016 (Third term)
May 25, 1966 |
Trivandrum, Kerala, India
|Political party||Kerala Congress (B)|
|Spouse(s)||Yamini Thankachy (divorced, 2013)|
|Children||Adithyakrishnan, Devaraman (sons)|
|Parents||R Balakrishna Pilla, Valsala|
Keezhoote Balakrishna Pillai Ganesh Kumar (born 25 May 1966) is an Indian film and TV actor and politician. Most recently, he was the Minister for Forests & Environment, Sports and Cinema in the Government of Kerala beginning May 2011 until his resignation on April 1, 2013. He was elected to the State Legislative Assembly from Pathanapuram in Kollam district for the first time in 2001 and has represented the constituency ever since. He was Transport Minister from May 2001 to March 2003. He is the son of R. Balakrishna Pillai, former Minister of Kerala. Despite the popularity attained by becoming an actor-turned minister, but however Mr Ganesh is a controversial figure in Kerala politics particularly for various cases of allegations raised against him, as well as his inability to compromise with his own political party.
In May 2001, Ganesh Kumar was elected to the Kerala Assembly from Pathanapuram on the Kerala Congress (B) ticket. He defeated his opponent, K Prakash Babu, by a margin of 9,931 votes. This was the first time in the history of Kerala that an individual from the film industry had been elected to the Assembly. (Earlier, industry titans like Prem Nazir had tasted defeat at the hustings.) Ganesh Kumar’s father and former Minister, R. Balakrishna Pillai had also been elected from the neighbouring constituency of Kottarakara, which he had represented for several decades. The father-son duo made history by becoming the first such pair to adorn the Kerala Assembly simultaneously.
Ganesh Kumar became Transport Minister in the A K Antony cabinet in May 2001 and went on to give a good account of himself. Though a political novice at that time, he turned around the ailing KSRTC (Kerala State Road Transport Corporation) and earned a reputation for providing a clean and efficient administration. In March 2003, he stepped down from his ministerial post to facilitate his father’s induction into the Cabinet. The smooth transition took many by surprise.
In the 2006 Assembly elections, Ganesh Kumar was once again elected from Pathanapuram, this time realizing an increased victory margin of 11,814 votes and defeating K R Chandramohanan of the CPI. The Left Democratic Front had made a clean sweep, winning 11 out of 12 seats in Kollam District and a formidable majority in the State Assembly. The Pathanapuram voters however, stood by Ganesh Kumar, making him the only UDF winner from Kollam District. While many of his former ministerial colleagues, including M K Muneer, P K Kunhalikutty and Babu Divakaran, were routed by lesser known opponents, and his illustrious father was also humbled by a CPI(M) debutante, Ganesh Kumar managed to hold his own.
In the 2011 Assembly elections, Ganesh Kumar scored a hat-trick win from Pathanapuram with an even bigger margin of 20,402 votes, trouncing his veteran CPM rival, K Rajagopal. He went on to become a Minister for Forests, Sports and Cinema in the Oommen Chandy cabinet in May 2011.He resigned from cabinet due to the domestic violence case filed by his wife Yamini Thankachi on 07-04-2013.
Ganesh Kumar made his debut in the 1985 Malayalam film ‘Erakal’ directed by KG George. The film was adjudged the second best film for the year. Over the years he made his a mark on the silver screen as a supporting actor, performing a variety of roles during the last two decades. Since 2001 he has been balancing his role as MLA with his acting duties, indicating his unwillingness to give up his first love.
Ganesh Kumar’s early films saw him frequently donning the role of villain or anti-social. In Cheppu (1987) he played the rowdy college student to perfection, experimenting with brown sugar, leading an ruly pack, and taunting the noble professor (played by Mohanlal). Eventually the hero beats the daylights out of him, and after some ugly display of blood and tears, the movie comes to a predictable end. In Rakuyilin Ragasadassil, Ganesh Kumar played a wayward guitarist who turns over a new leaf after settling down with a nice girl. This is in stark contrast to the story of the lead pair (his brother and musical genius, played by Mammooty, and the talented danseuse, played by Suhasini) who part ways soon after the birth of their son, only to reunite in a tearful climax. Other films of the eighties where Ganesh made minor appearances include Sukhamodevi (1986), Sarvakalasala (1987), Bhoomiyile Rajakkanmaar (1987), Mukthi (1988), and Devadas (1989).
During the nineties, Ganesh Kumar played notable supporting roles in various films.
The current decade saw Ganesh Kumar emerge as a significant player on the political scene after his election to the Kerala State Legislative Assembly in 2001, and his accession to the ministerial chair the same year, followed by his dramatic exit in 2003 to accommodate his father and party supremo, R Balakrishna Pillai. His subsequent re-election in 2006, overcoming a State-wide pro-LDF wave, saw him firmly established as a rising star on the political firmament of the State. All this did not deter him from relentlessly pursuing his acting career. However, he seems to have chosen his roles with some measure of caution. Somewhere along the way, Ganesh Kumar abandoned the garb of the villain and took up the mantle of the good Samaritan, perhaps reflecting his societal roles and obligations. He acted in Pilots and Dada Sahib in the year 2000. In Kilichundan Mampazham (2003) he played the heroine’s brother Ummer. In Vismayathumbathu (2004) Ganesh Kumar played a medical college professor. He also acted in Photographer (2006), Hello (2007), Chembada (2008) and Veruthe Oru Bharya (2008).
The film 'Lion' starring Dileep and Kavya Madhavan (released in 2005) was inspired by Ganesh Kumar's life. Krishna Kumar (played by Dileep) is the innocent son of an unscrupulous father, struggling to build a political base in the midst of deceit, intrigue and cut-throat competition. His father, quite aptly named Balagangadhara Menon, is a seasoned and corrupt politician, and he has two diabolic sons-in-law to assist him in his dark deeds. How the son grew up to be so virtuous is a total mystery! The film, despite the exaggerated and unrealistic story line was a thorough entertainer and did extremely well at the box office.
In March 2008, Ganesh Kumar was chosen by the Frame Media gallup poll to receive the best actor award for his role in the Amrita TV serial “Aliyanmarum Penganmarum”. He went on to win the State Award for Best Television Actor (2007) for his role in the serial "Madhavam" aired on Surya TV.
On February 21, 2013 it was reported in a Malayalam daily newspaper that a minister in the present legislative cabinet was assaulted by a person whose wife was having an adulterous affair. Although, the newspaper didn't specify the name of the minister, but however, on March 3, 2013 the government whip, Mr P.C. George called a press conference and announced that the minister in question was Mr Ganesh Kumar.  Thereafter, Mr P.C. George as well as members from the opposition CPM called for Mr Ganesh to resign from his ministerial position. The chief minister of Kerala, Mr Oommen Chandy also refused to take any action against Mr Ganesh. The extramarital affair surrounding Mr Ganesh Kumar then took a turn for the worse on April 1, 2013 when his estranged spouse Dr Yamini Thankachy called for a press conference and talked in great detail about the facts surrounding the assault incident that was published in the newspaper and the spousal abuse and violence she endured during the 14 years of her married life to Mr Ganesh, particularly with reference to the violent beating she endured just after the allegations of extramarital affair was released to the public. Thereafter Dr Yamini filed a police complaint against Mr Ganesh citing spousal abuse, violence with criminal use of force. The complaint was also handed over to chief minister Oommen Chandy who then assigned the crime branch division of the Kerala police to investigate the matter. Thereafter, on the very same day at close to midnight (April 1, 2013), Mr Ganesh resigned from his position as Minister for Forests & Environment, Sports and Cinema in the Government of Kerala, thus culminating a brief tenure as a minister (1 year, 11 months) who at times showed great promise in modernizing Kerala to international standards particularly in the field of sports and cinema, but was marred by allegations of extramarital affair, adultery, spousal violence and discontent from his own political party.
- Up & Down: Mukalil Oralundu.... Siyad Ahemmed
- Ladies and Gentleman (2013)
- Spirit (2012)
- Sandwich (2011)
- Priyappetta Nattukare (2011)....G K
- Nakharam (2011)
- Four Friends (2010)
- Kaaryasthan (2010 film)
- Alexander the Great (2010)
- Janakan (2010)
- Ivar Vivahitharayal (2009)
- Red Chillies (2009)
- Swa Le (2009) .... Vishnu
- Vellathooval (2009)
- Rahasya Police (2009) .... Parampathu Raju
- Kadha, Samvidhanam Kunchakko (2009) .... SP Manoj Pothan
- Keralotsavam (2009)
- Sagar Alias Jacky (2009)
- Veruthe Oru Bharya (2008) .... Doctor
- Ali Bhai(2007).... Therandi Ramu
- Hallo (2007/I) .... Sudheesh Nambiar
- Photographer (2006)
- Vismayathumbathu (2004) .... Medical college Professor
- Kilichundan Mampazham (2003) .... Ummar
- Pilots (2000) .... Vinayachandran
- Dada Sahib (2000) .... Das
- Pilots (2000)
- Susanna(2000)... Johny
- Aayiram Meni (1999) .... Lalichan (Actress Urvasi)
- Crime File (1999) .... Raju Namasivaya
- F.I.R (1999) .... Roy Alex
- Usthad (1999) .... Sethu
- Varnapakittu (1997) .... Tonichen (Actress Usha)
- Aaram Thamburan (1997) .... Ashok Kumar
- Guru (1997)
- Kalyanappittannu (1997)
- Asuravamsam (1997) .... Dr Mohan
- Aayiram Naavulla Ananthan (1996) .... Raju
- Samoohyapadom (1996)
- The King (1995) .... Prasad
- Agrajan (1995)
- Paavam I.A.Iwachan (1994) .... Kozhinjampara Lolan
- Vishnu (1994) .... Chandramohan
- Rudraksham (1994) .... Surendra Reddy
- Commissioner (1994) .... Prasad
- Nandini Oppol (1994) (Actress Sunitha)
- Pakshe (1994)
- Ekalavyan (1993) .... Unni Joseph Mulaveedan
- Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans (1993) .... Prasannan
- Manichithrathazhu (1993) .... Dasappan Kutty
- Customs Diary (1993) .... Jamal
- Janam (1993) .... Mahesh
- Mafia (1993) .... Murukan
- Ammayane Sathyam (1993) .... Cherian
- Mahanagaram (1992) .... Raju
- Neelakurukkan (1992) .... Nassar
- Ootty Pattanam (1992) .... Rama Varma
- Kasargod Khader Bhai (1992)
- Kaazhchakkppuram (1992) .... Vijayan
- Manyanmaar (1992)
- Nayam Vekthamakkunnu (1991) .... Journalist
- Kilukkam (1991) .... Justice Pillai's son
- Apoorvam Chilar (1991) .... Benny
- Kuttapathram (1991) .... Peter
- Abhimanyu (1991)
- Njan Gandharvan (1991) .... Pradeep
- Parallel College (1991) .... Vikraman
- Kottayam Kunjachan (1990) .... Mathan
- Maala Yogam (1990) .... Georgekutty
- Veena Meettiya Vilangukal (1990)
- Aye Auto (1990) .... Suresh
- Gajakesariyogam (1990) .... Vasu (Actress Sunitha)
- Randam Varavu (1990) .... Tomy
- Kaakka Thollayiram (1990) .... (Actress Urvasi)
- Abhimanyu (1990)
- Nair Saab (1989) .... Cadet Ganeshan
- Jagratha (1989) .... Kumar
- Adharvam (1989) .... Vishnu (Actress Parvathy)
- Vandanam (1989)
- Devadas (1989) .... Rajashekharan Thampi
- Puthiya Karukkal (1989) .... Suresh
- Mukthi (1988) .... Vinod
- Sankham (1988)
- Dhinarathrangal (1988)
- Janmandharam (1988) .... Murali
- Chithram (1988) .... Lissie's Brother
- Oru Muthashi Kadha (1988)
- Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thaadikal (1988)
- Oru Vivada Vishayam (1987) .... Unni
- Sarvakalashala (1987) .... Panchara
- Bhoomiyile Rajakkanmar (1987) .... Raju
- Cheppu (1987) .... Ranjith
- Yuvajanotsavam (1986) .... Rajeevan
- Sughamodevi (1986) .... Chandran
- Irakal (1985) ... Baby
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- "Kerala Assembly Election Results 2006". Kerala Legislative Assembly. Retrieved 18 August 2010.
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