Oc­to­ber ded­i­cated to ‘In­dia’s Mar­lon Brando’

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HE most cel­e­brated ac­tor in South In­dia is no doubt Si­vaji Gane­san. Born Villupu­ram Chin­na­iah Gane­san at Than­javur, Tamil Nadu, the young Si­vaji ran away from home with a tour­ing drama com­pany at seven.

He was ob­sessed with the street play, Kat­tabom­man, based on free­dom fighter Veer­a­pandya Kat­tabom­man, who re­sisted the Bri­tish. Si­vaji lied that he was an or­phan and en­rolled with the Madu­rai Shri Bala Gana Sabha drama troupe, which was tour­ing his home town Trichy at the time.

Thus be­gan his jour­ney to be­com­ing one of the most re­spected Tamil ac­tors.

Si­vaji started his film ca­reer in 1950 with the movie, Saraswathi, which was re­leased in 1952.

He went on to make over 400 movies dur­ing al­most 50 years of act­ing.

Si­vaji’s unique voice and style of di­a­logue de­liv­ery earned him crit­i­cal ac­claim.

He was able to por­tray a va­ri­ety of roles with ease. He played the roles of God, kings, pau­pers, free­dom fight­ers, he­roes, police, Casanovas, judges, mag­is­trates, priests, broth­ers, fa­thers and land­lords and acted in epics, crime thrillers, ro­man­tic love sto­ries, ac­tion and comedy.

The month of Oc­to­ber was de­clared In­ter­na­tional Si­vaji Gane­san Month on the oc­ca­sion of the 10th an­niver­sary of the ac­tor’s death. In 2006, the South In­dian Film Artistes’ As­so­ci­a­tion de­clared that Oc­to­ber 1, Si­vaji’s birth­day, would be ob­served as Ac­tors Day, as a trib­ute to him. In the same year, a statue of him was erected in Chen­nai and un­veiled by the Chief Min­is­ter M Karunanidhi. DULQUER Sal­maan, who plays veteran star Gem­ini Gane­san in the up­com­ing Tel­ugu-Tamil bilin­gual biopic Ma­ha­nati, about the leg­endary south­ern ac­tress Sav­itri, says it has been his de­sire to be part of a pe­riod film.

“Amaz­ing pe­riod is be­ing cap­tured in films and even in TV se­ries in the West. For long, I have de­sired to be part of a AJAY Devgn and for­mer In­dian cricket skip­per Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni have joined hands for a cam­paign ti­tled “Burn your Fears”, in which they are urg­ing peo­ple to take the first step to­wards mak­ing their dreams come true.

They are also joined by In­dian women’s cricket team cap­tain Mithali Raj.

A cam­paign was re­cently un­veiled aimed at in­spir­ing the na­tion to be fear­less.

The celebri­ties were roped in to take the cam­paign for­ward and were seen in a video pro­duced and di­rected by Star In­dia’s cre­ative team.

Si­vaji re­mains one of the most popular Tamil ac­tors and a sur­vey by popular Tamil magazine, Ku­mu­dam, con­firmed this. pe­riod drama. Un­for­tu­nately, in the Malay­alam film in­dus­try, we don’t have huge bud­gets to make such films,” Dulquer told IANS.

Talk­ing about the project, Dulquer said he was thrilled to be work­ing with a young team.

“Both the di­rec­tor and the pro­ducer are younger than me. It’s a young team with so much energy.” – IANS

It shows these icons tak­ing the first step and re­veal­ing how they over­came their fears and ful­filled their po­ten­tial and dreams. In the promo film, Dhoni talks about how he had to grap­ple with the se­cu­rity that his job with the Rail­ways en­tailed and his dream of be­ing a crick­eter.

Raj looks back at the time when she was dis­suaded from pur­su­ing cricket and Devgn, pic­tured, talks about how peo­ple tried to stop him from un­der­tak­ing dan­ger­ous stunts. – IANS

The Los An­ge­les Times called him “the Mar­lon Brando of In­dian Cin­ema”.

Af­ter his por­trayal of the char­ac­ter of Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji in the stage play Shivaji Kanda Hindu Ra­jyam, the name Si­vaji was con­ferred on him at a pub­lic func­tion presided over by so­cial re­former EV Ra­masamy. Si­vaji won nu­mer­ous awards and was honoured at many events. At the Afro-Asian Film Fes­ti­val in Cairo, Egypt, in 1960, he picked up the best ac­tor award for his role in Veer­a­pandya Kat­tabom­man.

In March 1976, Mau­ri­tian Prime Min­is­ter Shri Ra­m­a­goolam hosted Si­vaji as a spe­cial guest for their In­de­pen­dence Day celebrations.

Dur­ing a visit to the US in 1995, Si­vaji was made hon­orary cit­i­zen of Colum­bus City. On the same visit, the mayor of Mount Vernon gave him a spe­cial wel­come ci­ta­tion and there­after es­tab­lished the Colum­bus Tamizh Sangam, with Si­vaji as hon­orary pres­i­dent.

In 1995, he be­came the first In­dian ac­tor to re­ceive the Che­va­lier Na­tional Or­der of the Le­gion of Hon­our from the French gov­ern­ment which is for re­mark­able con­tri­bu­tions in the field of arts and lit­er­a­ture.

In 1997, the pres­i­dent of In­dia, Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma, con­ferred on him the prestigious Dadasa­heb Phalke Award for his con­tri­bu­tion to In­dian cin­ema.

Through his movies, he high­lighted the causes, tri­als and tribu­la­tions of the Tamil peo­ple in Tamil Nadu and con­tributed im­mensely to the so­cial up­lift­ment of dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties and peo­ple.

Dur­ing the years of sanc­tions against South Africa, his movies pro­vided glimpses of the life and cul­ture of south­ern In­dia for the less for­tu­nate who were un­able to visit their moth­er­land.

Mu­sic and songs from his movies have in­spired mu­si­cians and singers across the globe, in­clud­ing here at home.

Above: A cloth­ing range in­spired by Bol­ly­wood ac­tress Deepika Padukone called All About You From Deepika Padukone, has a va­ri­ety of mod­ern and tra­di­tional looks. Left: Sabyasachi Mukher­jee’s lat­est bridal col­lec­tion, which boasts hand painted work.

The leg­endary Si­vaji Gane­san was known for his ver­sa­til­ity, va­ri­ety of screen roles and mul­ti­tude of awards.

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