Dilip Kumar, Indian cinema’s greatest actor of all time is revered as Thespian. Do you know the other Indian actor who has the prestigious of being referred as Thespian?
Well he is none other but Sivaji Ganesan, the iconic actor of Tamil cinema also referred to as ‘The Marlon Brando of Indian Cinema. Winner of President's Award for more than 12 times and Indian government’s highest civilian award Padma Bhushan and film industry’s most revered Dada Saheb Palke Award, Sivaji Ganesan’s contribution to Indian cinema is colossal.
July 21 marks the death anniversary of the legendary actor. Raaga.Com pays him a humble homage and reveals how Shivaji Ganeshan, who became a star with his debut Tamil movie PARASAKTHI, was mid way through the film was about to be thrown out of the movie!
Villupuram Chinnaiya Ganeshamurthy better recognized as Sivaji Ganesan is perhaps Indian cinema’s only actor who with his debut movie PARASAKTHI became such a huge star that he never looked back. However readers would be stunned to know that after few days of shooting A.V. Meiyappan and the film's directors Krishnan and Panju were dissatisfied with Ganesan's performance and dialogue delivery. For some days they stopped shooting and began hunting for a replacement. In fact A.V. Meiyappan even suggested actor K. R. Ramasami in place of the Shivaji Ganeshan. However P. A. Perumal, the was confident about the ability of Ganeshan and he put his foot down declining any replacement. The result P. A. Perumal’s decision hit the bull’s eye as the movie was a grand success and Shivaji Ganeshan became a star overnight.
However call it the benevolence of Shivaji Ganesh, he never forgot P. A. Perumal and regarded him as his God on earth.
In an illustrious career he did an amazing verity that every few actors are fortune. From king, cult figures, historical characters, rebel, playboy, labour leader, mythological figures, religious personalities, selfish man, unselfish head of the family to anti hero... you name it and he has played that role to perfection!