On Friday it was the 93rd birth anniversary of Sivaji Ganesan. Google decided to pay a tribute to this Tamil-born actor through a Google Doodle. Sivaji Ganesan was known as “one of India’s first method actors and widely considered among the nation’s most influential actors of all time.”
Ganesan’s grandson, Vikram Prabhu who is also an actor took to Twitter and tweeted the doodle saying, “Appreciate the people from Google India & their guest artist Noopur Rajesh Choksi for the doodle art. Another proud moment!?? Love him and miss him more every year!”
Ganesan was born in 1928 on this day at Villupuram, Tamil Nadu. His early name was Ganesamoorthy. His acting career started from a young age and he acquired the name ‘Sivaji’ after he played the 17th-century king Shivaji in a play in December 1945.
He began acting in the early 50s in Tamil movies. His career was a long one which included 300 films spanning over 5 decades. He made his debut in 1952 in the film ‘Parasakthi’. Some of his notable works include ‘Pasamalar’ (1961) and ‘Navarthri’ (1964).
Ganesan was not just popular in the Tamil film industry but he went on to acquire international recognition. He was the first Indian performer to win the best actor at an International Film Festival for his historical war film ‘Veerapandiya Kattabomman’ in 1960.
In 1995 he was awarded France’s highest decoration, the Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honor. In 1997 he received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award which is the highest award in the field of Indian cinema.