Gemini Ganesan remembered

Who can forget movies like Missiamma, Kalyana Parisu, Kalathur Kannamma, Karpagam, Thaen Nilavu, Punnagai, Paasa Malar and Vanjikkottai Vaaliban. Well if it was not for Gemini Ganesan we would have missed the magic these movies brought along.

Saturday saw the industry celebrating the 92nd birth anniversary of the megastar. Muktha V Srinivasan, a popular film producer, part of four films as producer with Gemini Ganesan, commented “Even though he was a good actor alongside M G R and Sivaji, he was called Saambaar by movie goers.” That is how people saw him amongst the other legends as he had all the ingredients they wanted for a sumptuous experience at the theatres.

Dr Kamala Selvaraj, daughter of Gemini Ganesan organized the function. On the occasion actor Sivakumar also released a book on T R Alamelu Ganesan in Tamil titled Pennin Perumai, and ‘The Pride of Womanhood’ in English, written by Dr Kamala Selvaraj and Jayashree Viswanath. A CD on Alamelu was also released. The book depicts the life history of Alamelu, who was fondly called Bobji.

Kamala Selvaraj said, “I wrote this book after much research. It took me on a journey to places where my mother was born and brought up. The present generation who get into relationships and go their own ways when troubles arise will get a glimpse on how relationships were about being there for each other.” A postage stamp on Gemini Ganesan in memory of his contribution to Tamil cinema is also planned in the near future.

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