Ramaswami Ganesan (17 November 1920 - 22 March 2005), popularly known as Gemini Ganesan, was an Indian actor. He was nicknamed "Kadhal Mannan" (King of Romance) of Tamil cinema for the romantic roles he played in movies. Gemini Ganesan was born on November 17, 1920 to Ramaswami and his wife Gangamma in the princely state of Pudukkottai. His grandfather S. Narayanaswami was a prominent figure in the princely state of Pudukkottai while his aunt Muthulakshmi Reddi was the first woman doctor in the Madras presidency. Ganesan's dream was to become a doctor. In April 1940 he went to Trichy to see T.R. Alamelu. Alamelu's father proposed his daughter in marriage and promised him a medical seat after graduation. Ganesan immediately agreed and married Alamelu in June 1940. Alamelu lost her father and her elder sister within one month of her marriage. Ganesan's dreams of becoming a doctor shattered. There was no choice left for him but to find a job immediately as he was the only person to support his family. He got an interview from Indian Air Force. Much against Alamelu's wishes Ganesan went to Delhi. In Delhi he met his uncle Narayanaswami who advised him to become a teacher. He married Pushpavalli and Savitri later.Gemini Ganesan fathered the Bollywood actress Rekha (Tamil: ரேகா), while living with Pushpavalli. He did not acknowledge Rekha's paternity during her childhood. It was in early 1970s, when Rekha was looking for a footing in Bollywood, that she revealed her origins. Later, at the peak of her career, Rekha told a magazine interviewer that her father's neglect still rankled and that she had ignored his efforts at reconciliation.Though there is no correct account of the number of wives he had, it is widely believed that he was married to Alamelu, Savitri and Pushpavalli. He is survived by seven daughters and a son. His children are Revathi Swaminathan, Kamala Selvaraj, Narayani Ganesh, Jaya Shreedhar, actress Rekha, Radha Usman Syed, Vijaya Chamundeswari and Sathish Kumaar Ganesan. Ganesan graduated from the prestigious Madras Christian College and was one of the few graduates to enter the film world in those days. He did not take the traditional route of the theatre to the tinsel world. His first job was as a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at Madras Christian College. His first cinema-related work (production executive in 1947) with the Gemini Studios added the title Gemini to his name.From the casting department, Ganesan got his first break in films with Miss Malini. This was followed by Chakravarthi, in which he played Lord Krishna. However, not until 1953, when he played the villain in the film Thai Ullam, did people take notice of him as an actor. The next year, he was upgraded as a hero with Manampol Mangalyam. The film paired him with Savitri, who became the mother of two of his children — a daughter and a son. From then on, he carved out a niche for himself in Tamil cinema with films that required a lot of romance but little action.
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Role Played: Actor
Kamal Haasan plays the younger son of an illustrious Carnatic music maestro. The role of the father is played by legendary thespian Gemini Ganesan. The father is a strict disciplinarian who is very class conscious and cares only for his art. The maestro's eldest son was born mute and hence had to take to an instrument, the nadhaswaram, which he is quite adept at. The father looks upon his younger ... read more