Ganesh (actor)

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Ganesh Kishan

(1978-07-02) 2 July 1978 (age 41)
OccupationActor, film director, producer, television presenter,
Years active2001–present
Shilpa (m. 2008)

Ganesh (born 2 July 1978)[2] is an Indian actor and television presenter known for his work in Kannada cinema. Through his career in films and television shows, he has become one of the most popular celebrities and highest-paid actors in Kannada cinema.[3] He is the recipient of several awards, including two Filmfare Awards. He became famous after starring in the film Mungaru Male (2006).

Ganesh shot to fame with the film Mungaru Male (2006), which set a record in Kannada cinema.[4] In theatres, it collected 75 crore[1][5] by the end of its record-breaking 865-day theatrical run.[6] It was the first movie to be screened continuously for one year in a multiplex in any language in India.[7][8][9][10][11] The massive success of Mungaru Male brought stardom to Ganesh, earning him the sobriquet, 'Golden Star'.[12][13]

Ganesh won two consecutive Best Actor awards at Filmfare for portraying a sincere lover in the comedy-drama Gaalipata (2008) and in the romantic drama Maleyali Jotheyali (2012). His other major success was Cheluvina Chittara (2007) after Mungaru Male.[14] He then acted in Krishna (2007), Romeo (2012), Shravani Subramanya (2013), Zoom (2016) and Chamak (2017). He has received critical praise by both audiences and critics for his performance.[15][16]

Early life[edit]

Ganesh was born on 2 July 1978 in Adakamaranahalli, Nelamangala, Bengaluru.[17] His Father is of Nepali descendant & Mother is a Vokalliga. He has two younger brothers, Mahesh and Umesh; Mahesh debuted as an actor in Kannada cinema with the film Namak Haraam (2016).[18]

He received primary education at Basaveshwara English School in Nelamangala and secondary education in Standard School in Peenya Dasarahalli, Bangalore. According to Ganesh, he was "mischievous and was always made to kneel down outside the classroom, but was also the darling of the teachers due to the active participation in cultural activities".[19] He acted in inter-collegiate drama skits while in college.

After completing his diploma degree in electronics, he became more inclined towards acting and approached some Kannada theatre troupes like Ranga Sampada and Ranga Shikshana Kendra where he acted in plays like Sadarame and Kadadida Neeru. He moved to Bangalore in 2002 and joined a diploma course in acting amidst appearing for several screen tests for acting assignments.


Ganesh began his career as an actor in several television series and a tele-film which remains unreleased till date. He, then landed up as show host for a comedy talk-show named Comedy Time aired in Udaya TV. His popularity in the show was noted by director B. Suresha who cast him for the film Tapori (2002) for a villain role. His stint as a supporting actor continued until he was cast in the lead role in the film Chellata (2006).

Debut (2001)[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 helpless 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 popularized 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.[20][21]

Initial struggle (2002-2005)[edit]

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. He made his beginnings as a background actor, particularly playing the role of the lead character's friend in a few films.

His first feature film role was of a villain character in the film Tapori (2002) which was directed by B. M. Suresha. Portraying the character was a "gory" experience for Ganesh, since "the hero was supposed to hit on face and hit so hard that (his) nose started bleeding".[22] Following this, in 2003, he played side-kick roles in three films out of which M. D. Sridhar's Game For Love was noteworthy while the other two under-performed at the box-office. He continued such roles in the years 2004 and 2005 starring in films such as Dayal Padmanabhan's Baa Baaro Rasika (2004) playing Sunil Raoh's friend, V. Ravichandran's Aham Premasmi (2005) and Nagathihalli Chandrashekar's Amrithadhare (2005) co-starring Dhyan, Ramya which also had a guest role played by Amitabh Bachchan.[23]

Mungaru Male and Stardom (2006-2008)[edit]

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 Yogaraj Bhat. 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 hails from Adakamaranahalli, Nelamangala), he agreed to finance the film. Since Yogaraj 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. On 2007, starred in Krishna film opposite Mungaru Male fame Pooja Gandhi, which became sensational hit at the box office, completing 100-days in main centres of Karnataka.[24][25]

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), Munjane, Romeo (2012), Shravani Subramanya (2013) and Mungaru Male 2 (2016).


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role(s) Notes
2002 Tapori negative role
2003 Hudugigagi Janardhan
Game for Love
Dreams John
2004 Abbabba Entha Huduga
Baa Baaro Rasika Vishwa's friend
2005 Aham Premasmi Ganesha
Majic Ajji Venkatachalayya's subordinate
2006 O Priyathama
Chellata Ganesh First main lead
Mungaru Male Preetham
2007 Hudugaata Balu Mahendar
Cheluvina Chittara Maadesha Udaya Film Award for Best Actor
Krishna Krishna
2008 Gaalipata Ganesh
Aramane Arun
Bombaat Anand
Sangama Balu
2009 Circus Dhanush
Ullasa Utsaha Preetham
Maleyali Jotheyali Preetham
2010 Eno Onthara Surya
Kool...Sakkath Hot Maga Rahul
2011 Maduve Mane Suraj
Shyloo Manja
2012 Munjane Manu
Romeo Ganesh
Rambo Lord Ganesh Voice-over
Mr. 420 Krishna
2013 Auto Raja Raja
Sakkare Vinay
Shravani Subramanya Subramanya
2014 Dil Rangeela Preetham
2015 Khushi Khushiyagi Raj
Buguri Krishna 25th film
2016 Style King Karthik
Zoom Santhosh
Mungaru Male 2 Preetham
Sundaranga Jaana Lakshman Prasad "Lucky"
2017 Pataki Surya
Mugulu Nage Pulkeshi
Chamak Dr. Kush
2018 Raambo 2 Lord Ganesh Voice-Over
Orange Santosh
2019 99 Ram
Gimmick Ganesh
GeethaFilms that has not yet been released TBA Post production


Year Title Television Notes
2003 Comedy Time Udaya TV Season 1
2010 Maleyali Jotheyali Special
Comedy Time
2 episodes
2014 Super Minute ETV Kannada Season 1
2016–2017 Super Minute Colors Kannada Season 2 and Season 3
2018-2019 Season 4

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Refers to the year in which ceremony was held.
Awards won 5
Nominations 4
Year Award Film Result
2007 Udaya Film Awards for Best Actor Cheluvina Chittara Won[26]
Cine Gandha Awards for Best Actor Cheluvina Chittara Won[27]
2008 Filmfare Awards South for Best Actor - Kannada Gaalipata Won[28][29]
Suvarna Film Awards for Most Popular Actor Gaalipata Won[30]
2009 Filmfare Awards South for Best Actor - Kannada Maleyali Jotheyali Won[31]
2014 Filmfare Awards South for Best Actor - Kannada Shravani Subramanya Nominated[28]
2017 Love Lavike Readers Choice Awards for Best Actor Mugulu Nage Nominated
2018 South Indian International Movie Awards for Best Actor - Kannada Chamak Nominated
Filmfare Awards South for Best Actor - Kannada Mugulu Nage Nominated[32]
Filmibeat Award for Best Actor - Kannada Orange Nominated


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