Born July 2, 1977 (1977-07-02) (age 33)
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Other name(s) Role Gold Star Ganesh,
Comedy Time Ganesh
Occupation Actor, Producer
Years active 2001 – present
Spouse(s) Shilpa (2008 - present)
Early life and education
He was born in Adakamaranahalli near Nelamangala town in Karnataka, India. His father's name is Kishan, and mother, Sulochana, and grandmother Sithamma. He is the first son in his family, the younger brothers being Mahesh and Umesh. He currently resides in Banashankari, Bengaluru. He excelled in education and earned a diploma in Electronics in Nelamangala. Ganesh's family hails from Nepal, though Ganesh has resided in Karnataka for a long ಟೈಮ್
MarriageMedia initially reported that the actor was getting married on the 18th of February 2008. But the actor got married in a hurry on the 11th of February to his girlfriend of two years, Shilpa Barkur
Guttu was Ganesh's first on-camera project (see Films section below). Though it was made as a telefilm in Karnataka, it ran into difficulties getting a timeslot to air, and the frustrated producers played it as a feature in festivals and select theaters in the USA, incurring heavy losses. Ganesh played the hero, Deepak, a hapless software systems analyst, who gets caught up in the ambitious adventure of an NRI girl (played by Chaya Singh) who visits India to try and re-trace her family tree. His flair for comedy and knack for timing showed through in this first role, which caused the director (Priyabharati) to promote him heavily to directors of many TV series. In his early days, Ganesh bagged a few TV roles by referencing his collaboration with an NRI director.
He acted in several TV serials, including Yadva Tadva, Vataara (directed by Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar) and Pa Pa Pandu (directed by Sihi Kahi Chandru).
As a TV artist he popularised the television program Comedy Time. The program was telecasted on Udaya TV from Monday-Friday at 5PM-5.30PM in the beginning and later at 5.30PM-6PM. The program concept was unique: viewers would write a letter to the anchor describing their family and mentioning their telephone number. Then the anchor would call their number, disguising himself as someone else and fool them. After reading each letter a comedy scene from a chosen Kannada film was telecasted in the interim. His unique style of greeting the viewers at the start and end of the program was popular, especially with children.
Following the success of this TV show, fans started to call him "Comedy Time" Ganesh.
His first film was Guttu, a telefilm directed by India's youngest female film director, Priyabharati Joshi, an NRI who came to India with the intention of entering the Indian film industry. Priyabharati offered Ganesh Guttu just as he was about to graduate from Adarsh Film Institute, against the advice of industry insiders who criticized her choice of a newcomer with unconventional looks and no industry ties. Guttu was Ganesh's first time facing the camera, before moving on to his TV career and later, feature films.
Ganesh's first feature wide-release film, Chellata, was a moderate success and ran up to 125 days in some theatres. Chitra Rekha, who had already acted in quite a few films, acted opposite Ganesh in this film.
Then came the 2006 film Mungaru Male, which was a roaring success. The film was directed by Yograj Bhat. Yograj had narrated the script to Puneeth Rajkumar, who rejected it. Ganesh had been involved in the script development process and was curious to act in the movie. He got director Bhat to meet his acquaintance E Krishnappa. Since Krishnappa knew Ganesh (both hailed from Adakamaranahalli, Nelamangala), he agreed to finance the film. Since Yograj Bhat couldn't get dates from any Kannada actress, he signed a relatively unknown actress, Pooja Gandhi. The film's lyrics were penned by Jayant Kaikini and music was composed by part-time music director Mano Murthy. Jayant Kaikini, son of renowned writer late Gourish Kaikini, was a well-known columnist and writer. The film was mainly shot during the rainy season in places like Madikeri, Sakaleshpura, Jog Falls and Gadag.
Mungaru Male opened to a good response among audiences and went on a record-breaking spree. The film garnered Rs. 75 crores (US $16 million) at the box office. It released with 150 prints all over Karnataka, and was the only film that ran to packed houses on weekdays in PVR Multiplex for 400 days. The remake rights of the movie were acquired by Suryaprakash Rao of SP Entertainers India Private Limited for Rs. 1.5 crores for Tamil and Telugu combined. The film received lukewarm to average reviews. Rediff.com awarded a three-star rating and praised its cinematography, technical values and acting, but opined that the story was flawed. Nowrunning.com felt that the film lacked a credible story line and gave too much importance to music and song picturisation. Kannada portal Thatskannada.com praised the film for its content, narration and usage of rain as a metaphor for love.
His third film as hero, Hudugaata, was released on 8 June 2007. His subsequent films have included Cheluvina Chithara (2007), Gaalipata (2008), Krishna (2008), Aramane (2008), Bombaat (2008), Sangama (2008), Circus (2009), Ullasa Utsaha, and MaLeyali Jotheyali (2009).
Best Actor, 56th Filmfare Awards: Gaalipata
Best Actor, 57th South Filmfare Awards: Maleyali Jotheyali
Most Popular Actor, 2008 Ujala Suvarna Film Awards
Comedy Time on Udaya TV
Maleyali Jotheyali Special Comedy Time on Udaya ಮೊವಿಎಸ್
Attige (first serial)
Side roles in movie
Tapori (first film as villan)
Amrutadhaare (supporting role as a comedy actor)
Koun Baneghaga Kotyadhipathi
Ba Baro Rasika
Abbabba Yentha Huduga
In leading role
Year Film Co-Star Director Other notes
2006 Chellata Rekha M. D. Shidhar
Mungaru Male Pooja Gandhi Yograj Bhat
2007 Hudugaata Rekha Sanjay. K
Cheluvina Chittara Amoolya S. Narayan
Krishna Pooja Gandhi, Sharmila Mandre M. D. Sridhar
2008 Gaalipata Daisy Bopanna Yograj Bhat Ganesh won the Filmfare Best Actor award
Aramane Roma Nagashekar
Bombaat Ramya D. Rajendra Babu
Sangama Vedhika Ravi Verma
2009 Circus Archana Gupta Dayal Padmanabhan
Ullasa Utsaha Yami Gautam Devaraj Palan
2010 Maleyali Jotheyali Anjana Sukhani, Yuvika Chaudhary Preetham Gubbi Ganesh won the 2010 Filmfare Best Actor award
Eno Onthara Priyamani Mussanje Mahesh Scheduled for release on September 10, 2010
Maduve Mane Shradha Arya Sunil Kumar Singh Shooting
Cool Iliyana Ganesh Shooting