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Dr.Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan, The Great Indian Film Actor

Updated on June 27, 2012
Dr.Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan
Dr.Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan

Dr.Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan was the most famous actor of Tamil film indusrty. He was known for his versatile acting and incomparable talent. He was born on October 1st 1927 as the son of Villupuram Chinnaiahpillai at Soorakottai village of Tanjore District in Tamil Nadu, India. During his young age he had been acting as a stage actor. One time Thanthai Periyar E.V.Ramasamy, The Great Social Reformer of Tamil Nadu, added the title 'Sivaji' in front of his real name Ganesan after getting impressed by the amazing performance in a public stage where he took the role of the historical king Maratiya Sivaji.

The Film Career Dr.Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan

In his long career span of 50 years he acted in more than 250 films in various languages such as Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada. During his period in fact no other actor can be compared with his wonderful performance. Since he is from Tamil Nadu he acted in more than 200 films and people of Tamil Nadu kindly called him as 'Nadigar Thilagam'(The Leader of Actors). His debut Tamil film was Parasakthi released in the year 1952. The movie became most successful on account of his wonderful acting and story scripts of Dr.Kalaignar Karunanidhi, the Ccurrent C.M of Tamil Nadu. Later he proved himself as number one great actor by showing excellent performance in successively released Tamil movies.

n 1960s Sivaji Ganesan showed great interest on acting in various movies based on historical stories. 'Karnan', 'RajaRajaCholan', 'VeeraPandiyaKattabomman', 'Manohara', 'Ambikapathy' and 'Thiruvilayadal' are some of the successful movies based on historical stories. 'Pasamalar', 'Parasakthi', 'Pesum Deivam', 'Avanthan Manithan', 'Thangapathakkam', 'Uyarntha Manithan', 'Palum Pazhamum', 'Viyatnam Veedu' and 'Motor Sundaram Pillai' are some of his super hit films based on family stories. 'Thatcholi Ambu' is one of his successful Malayalam movie. In his later years he began to take the role of father and elder brother. 'Padikkathavan' and 'Padayappa' are some of the Tamil movies in which Sivaji took the father and elder brother roles.

Dr.Sivaji Ganesan As Raja Raja Cholan from one of his acted Movie named 'Raja Raja Cholan'
Dr.Sivaji Ganesan As Raja Raja Cholan from one of his acted Movie named 'Raja Raja Cholan'

The Awards Won By This Great Actor

Sivaji Ganesan won the best actor reward in the International film festival held at Cairo during 1959. In 1966 and 1984 he received Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards for his dedicated contribution in the film industry. His excellent performance in VeeraPandiyaKattabomman fetched him the award Chevalier from France Government in 1995. In the year 2000 Indian Government conferred him the prestigious ThaTha Shakeb Palthakare award to honour his great performance in Indian film industry.

The End of Dr.Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan, The Great Era!

In the year 2000, Sivaji's health was severely affected and he died on 21 July 2001. Really people of Tamil Nadu and his millions of fans from different parts of the world shed tears for the demise of this Great Actor! The Tamil Nadu Government, headed by Dr.Kalaignar Karunanidhi, has installed a statue on the beach road of Chennai to honour this legendary actor.


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      Gouri Norton (Malaysia) 

      6 years ago

      Please be informed that he passed away on 21 July 2001

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