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Villupuram Chinnaiah Ganesan[2] (1 October 1928 – 21 July 2001) better known as Sivaji Ganesan,. was an Indian actor, director and composer. who was active in Tamil cinema
Tamil cinema
during the latter half of the 20th century. He was well known for his versatility and variety of roles depicted on screen,[3] which gave him also the Tamil honorific name Nadigar Thilagam (lit. the pride of actors).[4] In a career that spanned close to five decades, he had acted in 288 films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi.[5] His eidetic memory helped him remember his scripts at a glance. Ganesan was the first Tamil film actor to win a "Best Actor" award in an International film festival, the Afro-Asian Film Festival held in Cairo, Egypt
Egypt
in 1960. Many leading South Indian film actors have stated that their acting was influenced by Ganesan.[6][7][8] He received the President Award for Best Tamil Actor on twelve occasions.[9] In addition, he received four Filmfare Awards South
Filmfare Awards South
and a National Film Award ( Special
Special
Jury). In 1997, Ganesan was conferred the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest honour for films in India.[10][11] He was also the first Indian actor to be made a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.[12] Ganesan is remembered as an iconic figure of Tamil cinema.[13][14] He has been described by the Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
as "The Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
of Indian Cinema".[15][16] In spite of his celebrated film career, his short stint in politics became a futile attempt.[17]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Film career

2.1 Early career: 1952–1959 2.2 Donning versatile roles: 1959–1964 2.3 Puranic and Historical Roles: 1965–1969 2.4 Superstardom – Varied Roles: 1970–1979 2.5 Matured roles: 1980–1999

3 Mentor 4 Political career 5 Family 6 Death 7 Popularity 8 Acclaim 9 Awards and honours

9.1 Civilian honours – National & International 9.2 International awards

9.2.1 Other International honors 9.2.2 National Film Awards 9.2.3 Filmfare Awards South 9.2.4 Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
State Film Awards 9.2.5 Other honours

9.3 Posthumous honours

10 Filmography 11 See also 12 References 13 Further reading 14 External links

Early life[edit] Ganesan was born on 1 October 1928 into a Thanjavur Tamil Kallar thevar family. Without his father's consent, Ganesan decided to join a touring stage drama company at the age of seven.[5] At the age of 10, he moved to Tiruchirappalli
Tiruchirappalli
and joined a drama troupe in Sangiliyandapuram
Sangiliyandapuram
and began to perform in stage plays.[18] From the drama troupe trainers, he was lucky enough to learn acting and dancing skills. He was trained in Bharatanatyam, Kathak
Kathak
and Manipuri dance styles. Ganesan exhibited the ability to remember lengthy lines easily. The group favoured Ganesan to play the lead and he would continue to do so. His portrayal of the character of Chhatrapati Shivaji
Chhatrapati Shivaji
in the stage play Shivaji Kanda Hindu Rajyam earned him the name "Sivaji",[5] which was conferred on him at a public function presided over by social reformer E. V. Ramasamy. Since then, he was referred by the name of "Sivaji".[19] Film career[edit] Early career: 1952–1959[edit]

Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
with future DMK leader M. Karunanidhi.

Two factors can be attributed the entry of Ganesan into films: The principal artists in Tamil films during the 1940s and 1950s were Telugus, whose acting was not matched by their dialogue delivery in Tamil. (In fact, Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
lent his voice to Mukkamala Krishna Murthy, a Telugu actor, for a Tamil film Niraparathi. The film was well received by the Tamil audience.) Secondly, the 1950s saw the growth of the Dravidian movement in Tamil Nadu, under the leadership of C. N. Annadurai, R. Nedunjchezhian and M. Karunanidhi. Their transformation of language skills to films through script writing ensured their instant acceptance.[17] Ganesan's entry into films at this stage of popularity was easy and inevitable, and he could establish himself in a better position. Ganesan made his acting debut in the 1952 Tamil film Parasakthi, directed by the famous directors Krishnan- Panju, produced by P.A. Perumal Mudaliar of National pictures, co-starring actress Pandari Bai.[20] Periyar E. V. Ramasamy
E. V. Ramasamy
recommended him for the lead role in Parasakthi to the producer, which was supposed to be portrayed by the Telugu actor A. Nageswara Rao. The script was written by later Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M. Karunanidhi.[19][20][21] Since actors who are well-trained in classical dance can effectively showcase expressions called Nava Rasa on their faces, Ganesan went on to become one of the popular actors in Tamil cinema
Tamil cinema
in the 1950s. His unique voice had a greater appeal. His style of dialogue delivery with a long spell of dialogues — like a poetry recitation with much clarity — earned him critical recognition. Andha Naal
Andha Naal
(1954) was a trendsetter in Tamil cinema
Tamil cinema
because it had no songs[22] and Ganesan played an anti-hero. The film won the president's silver medal the following year. The same year, he co-starred with his competitor M. G. Ramachandran
M. G. Ramachandran
in Koondukkili, where he played the antagonist.[23] Donning versatile roles: 1959–1964[edit] His role in the film Veerapaandiya Kattabomman won him the Best Actor Award at the Afro-Asian Film Festival held in March 1960 at Cairo.[19][24] Incidentally, Ganesan was also the first Indian actor to get an award for Best Actor abroad.[25] He has worked with many actresses, including Bhanumathi Ramakrishna, Pandaribai, Vyjayanthimala, Savithri, Padmini, Devika, Rajasree, B. Sarojadevi, K. R. Vijaya, Vanisri and J. Jayalalitha
J. Jayalalitha
of his time. He also co-starred with other actors such as Gemini Ganesan, S.S. Rajendran, Muthuraman, Sivakumar, M. R. Radha
M. R. Radha
and S. V. Ranga Rao
S. V. Ranga Rao
in numerous films in which he played the main lead. Puranic and Historical Roles: 1965–1969[edit] His portrayal of Lord Shiva
Lord Shiva
in the movie Thiruvilayadal (1965) won him many accolades.[26][27] In the film Navarathiri (1964), Ganesan played nine different roles that represented the nine emotional states of a person.[28] Sanjeev Kumar
Sanjeev Kumar
and Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
were inspired by this film and reprised the nine roles in Naya Din Nayi Raat in 1974 and Navarathri in 1966 respectively.[19] Ganesan could strike a balance between commercial cinema, Mythological cinema and experimental cinema. His epical portrayals in films such as Thiruvilayaadal, Thiruvarutselvar, Saraswati Sabatham, Harischandra, Thirumal Perumai, Karnan and Thillana Mohanambal
Thillana Mohanambal
won him critical acclaim.[29] He played a variety of roles such as freedom fighters, like Kappalottiya Thamizhan,[26] Vanchinathan, Tiruppur Kumaran, Bhagat Singh[19] and epic characters like Harichandra, Karna, Bharatha, Narada, Appar, Nayanmars
Nayanmars
and Alwars.[30] Spanning genres like epics to Crime thrillers; from romantic escapades to comic flicks and action flicks, Ganesan has covered it all. Superstardom – Varied Roles: 1970–1979[edit]

Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
in Parashakthi Movie.

Ganesan played supporting role to Rajendra Kumar
Rajendra Kumar
in the Hindi film Dharti
Dharti
in 1970, which was a remake of his 1969 Tamil film Sivandha Mann, in which he played the lead role. In the Hindi version, Ganesan played the role which Muthuraman had played in the original. Several directors such as Krishnan-Panju, T. R. Sundaram, A. P. Nagarajan, L. V. Prasad, B. R. Panthulu, T. Prakash Rao, A. Bhim Singh, K. Shankar, A. C. Tirulokchandar, C. V. Sridhar, P. Madhavan, K. S. Gopalakrishnan and K. Vijayan directed Ganesan in different roles.[29] Kongara Jaggayya offered his voice to Sivaji when his movies were dubbed into Telugu. In the 1960s and 1970s his films have been well received and he was able to deliver constant hits. Some of his famous hits during this period are Gauravam, Raja Raja Chozhan, Thri Soolam, Thankappathakkam and Sathyam.[31] Many of his films inspired remakes in Sinhalese. Films such as Pilot Premnath and Mohana Punnagai were shot in Sri Lanka, with Sri Lankan actors such as Malini Fonseka and Geetha Kumarasinghe playing the female lead.[29] In 1979, he appeared in the blockbuster Thirisoolam, adapted from the Kannada film Shankar Guru in which Rajkumar had played the lead role. Matured roles: 1980–1999[edit] The 1980s was a period in which Ganesan started enacting more matured roles. But still films such as Rishi Moolam, Yamanukku Yaman and Chiranjeevi
Chiranjeevi
had Ganesan portraying lead roles. Muthal Mariyathai (1985) won him a Filmfare Award and Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
State film Award under Best Actor category. In 1992, he acted with Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
in the critically acclaimed Thevar Magan, which won him a Special
Special
Mention Award at the 40th National Film Awards.[26] His other films released during this period are Pasumpon, En Aasai Raasaave and Once More, where he was cast in prominent roles. He worked in Poopparikka Varugirom, which released as his last film before his death, however the last film he worked in before his death was Padayappa
Padayappa
(1999).[32] Mentor[edit] Chinna Ponnusamy Padayatchi is the teacher of theatrical arts who trained Ganesan in his troupe. During an interview with V.S. Srinivasan, Ganesan says: "Theatre has taught me everything. My teacher (Chinna Ponnuswamy Padayachi of Chidambaram) taught me Bharatnatyam, acting, body movements...Practically everything. Padayachi, was himself an outstanding stage actor. And I learnt in an atmosphere that was reminiscent of an ashram school."[33] Political career[edit] Until 1955, Ganesan was a staunch sympathizer of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. Once, he went to the Thirumalai town in Tirupati
Tirupati
district and worshiped Lord Venkateswara
Lord Venkateswara
in the world-famous temple there. Due to this act, he was heavily criticized by his party men; as DMK propounded atheism and looked down worshiping God. Ganesan was very hurt by this incidence. Later in 1961, Ganesan became a strong supporter of the Indian National Congress. Due to his popularity, he was requested to be part of the National Congress Tamil Nadu. His respect for Kamaraj
Kamaraj
made him support Congress. He was made the Rajya Sabha
Rajya Sabha
Member of Parliament by then prime minister Indira Gandhi. Indira Gandhi's death in 1984 also brought Ganesan's political career to an end.[34] After 1987, he floated his own political party (Thamizhaga Munnetra Munnani). Later in 1989 he became the president of the Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
faction of the Janata Dal. Unlike his highly successful acting career, his political career was rather unsuccessful.[17] Family[edit] Ganesan was the second son of his family. He had two brothers.[35] Ganesan married Kamala in 1952 and had four children.[35] His younger son Prabhu is a notable Tamil actor.[36] Ganesan established a film production company in the late 1950s, now called Sivaji Productions, which is now being looked after by his eldest son Ramkumar.[37] He has two daughters Shanthi and Thenmozhi. Three of his grandsons have also appeared in films, with Ramkumar's two sons Dushyanth Ramkumar and Shivaji Dev, both having the stage name of Junior Sivaji. Moreover, Vikram Prabhu
Vikram Prabhu
debuted in the critically acclaimed film Kumki in 2012. Death[edit] Suffering from respiratory problems, Ganesan was admitted to the Apollo Hospital
Apollo Hospital
in Chennai
Chennai
on 1 July 2001.[5] He also had been suffering from a prolonged heart ailment for about 10 years.[38] He died at 7:45 pm (IST) on 21 July 2001 at the age of 72. A documentary Parasakthi Muthal Padayappa
Padayappa
Varai was made to commemorate Sivaji Ganesan's legacy. His funeral the next day was telecast live on Sun TV and was attended by thousands of viewers, politicians and personalities from the South Indian film fraternity.[39] His eldest son, Ramkumar, performed his last rites at the Besant Nagar Crematorium, Chennai.[40] Popularity[edit]

Ganesan Statue on Kamarajar Road in Chennai

When President Gamal Abdel Nasser
Gamal Abdel Nasser
of Egypt
Egypt
visited India, Sivaji Ganesan was the only individual granted permission by the then-Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, to host a party for Nasser. Nasser was given a number of valuable mementos depicting the civilisation and culture of South India.[41] Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
was the first artist from India to visit the United States, in the cultural exchange programme of the US government, in 1962, invited by the then-US President John F. Kennedy, where he took the role of India's cultural ambassador. During his visit there, he was honoured by being made the honorary mayor of Niagara Falls, New York
Niagara Falls, New York
for one day and was presented the key to the city. The only other Indian who has had this honour before Ganesan was Jawaharlal Nehru. When Sivaji returned from America, there was a huge crowd to receive him at the Madras Airport and MGR was there. When Sivaji returned from Egypt
Egypt
after winning the best actor award, there was a huge crowd to receive him at the Madras Airport. On 22 March 1976, he went over to Mauritius
Mauritius
on an invitation from Prime Minister Ramagoolam and took part in their independence day celebrations and stayed as their government guest for four days.[41] During his visit to the United States in June 1995, he visited Columbus, Ohio. Participating in the dinner hosted to honour Ganesan, the Mayor of the city, Greg Lashutka
Greg Lashutka
honoured him by announcing him as an honorary citizen of Columbus. On the same occasion, the Mayor of Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon
read out and gave him a special welcome citation. The Columbus Tamil Sangam was formulated on that day and Ganesan was made the honorary President of that association.[41] Ganesan has remained as one of the popular Tamil actors with a large fan base. At the peak of his career, Ganesan had 30000 registered fan clubs, which worked at promoting his image and films.[42] It was Sivaji's tragedy that, as the years progressed, opportunities for him to display his acting talent became scarce. But he did act in cameo roles, often stealing the scenes, as in Thevar Magan, which won him the National Awards Jury's Special
Special
Jury award in 1993. (Sivaji, incidentally, declined the award.).[43] Acclaim[edit] Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
is considered as one of the best Indian actors of all time.[5] He was also acknowledged as a consummate actor and one of the most imitated ones. He was praised for his body language and his resounding voice and dialogue delivery. Ganesan is known for his versatility and has acted as a blind man, a physically handicapped person in Bhaagapirivinai, a man with a scarred face as in Deiva Magan, a murderer in Pudhiya Paravai, or a traitor as in Andha Naal, which had no songs at all.[17][22] Awards and honours[edit] See also: Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
filmography Ganesan has won the President's Award for more than 12 times for his performance in various films.[9] He was also honored with civilian awards such as Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan
Padma Bhushan
and Dada Saheb Palke Award, the highest award in India for people involved in film industry. Civilian honours – National & International[edit]

1966 – Padma Shri
Padma Shri
from the Government of India[29][44] 1984 – Padma Bhushan
Padma Bhushan
from the Government of India[29][44] 1995 – Chevalier awarded by the National Order of the Legion of Honour of France.[10][29] On 22 April 1995 at a ceremony held at the MAC Stadium in Chennai, Ganesan was presented with the Chevalier title and medallion by the French ambassador to India, Philip Petit.[19][45]

International awards[edit]

He is first Indian actor to get the best actor award from a foreign film festival 1960 – Best Actor in Asia – Africa Continent Award at the Afro-Asian Film Festival for Veerapandiya Kattabomman[19][29][44]

Other International honors[edit]

1960 – One-day Mayor for the city of Niagara Falls and was presented with the Golden Key of Cairo. Pandit Jawaharlal is the only person besides Mr. Ganesan getting this honor 1964 – Cultural Ambassador of India invited by John F. Kennedy under the Cultural Exchange Programme 1991 – Citizenship in the Columbia, USA by the Government of United States

National Film Awards[edit]

1992 – National Film Award – Special
Special
Jury Award for Thevar Magan[26] 1996 – Dadasaheb Phalke Award.[19][29][44]

Filmfare Awards South[edit]

1972 – Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award for Gnana Oli[46] 1973 – Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award for Gauravam[46] 1985 – Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award for Muthal Mariyathai[47] 1985 - Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South[48]

Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
State Film Awards[edit]

1969 – Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
State Film Award for Best Actor for Deiva Magan [49] 1970 - Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
State Film Award for Best Film - First Prize 1989 - Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
State Film Honorary Award - MGR Award

Other honours[edit]

1986 – Honorary doctorate from the Annamalai University 1997 – Kalaimamani
Kalaimamani
from the Government of Tamil Nadu[29] 1998 – NTR National Award from the Government of Andhra Pradesh[50]

Posthumous honours[edit] Pondicherry (Puducherry) was the first state to erect a statue of Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
in honour of his acting skills and his huge fan base in the state and it was unveiled by the then Puducherry
Puducherry
Chief Minister N.Rangasamy.[51] A statue of Ganesan was erected on Kamarajar Road in Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
to honour the actor and was unveiled by the then Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi
M. Karunanidhi
in 2006.[21][41] The South Indian Film Artistes' Association as a tribute to Ganesan, declared that 1 October, the birth day of Ganesan, would be observed as Actors' Day by the association Chennai
Chennai
film industry.[52] The Government of Maharashtra has instituted a state award, in the name of Ganesan, which is given under the Best Actor category every year entitled " Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
Award".[10] Filmography[edit] Main article: Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
filmography See also[edit]

Dushyanth Ramkumar Vikram Prabhu Shivaji Dev

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Baskaran, S.T. (2008). Sivaji Ganesan. Wisdom Tree. ISBN 978-81-8328-109-6. Retrieved 18 May 2011.  Swaminathan, R. (2002). Sivaji Ganesan: the making of a legend. Rupa & Co. ISBN 978-81-7167-899-0. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 

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Dadasaheb Phalke Award

1969–1980

Devika Rani Chaudhuri Roerich (1969) B. N. Sircar (1970) Prithviraj Kapoor
Prithviraj Kapoor
(1971) Pankaj Mullick
Pankaj Mullick
(1972) Ruby Myers
Ruby Myers
(1973) Bommireddy Narasimha Reddy (1974) Dhirendranath Ganguly (1975) Kanan Devi
Kanan Devi
(1976) Nitin Bose (1977) Rai Chand Boral (1978) Sohrab Modi
Sohrab Modi
(1979) Paidi Jairaj
Paidi Jairaj
(1980)

1981–2000

Naushad
Naushad
(1981) L. V. Prasad
L. V. Prasad
(1982) Durga Khote
Durga Khote
(1983) Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray
(1984) V. Shantaram
V. Shantaram
(1985) B. Nagi Reddy
B. Nagi Reddy
(1986) Raj Kapoor
Raj Kapoor
(1987) Ashok Kumar
Ashok Kumar
(1988) Lata Mangeshkar
Lata Mangeshkar
(1989) Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
(1990) Bhalji Pendharkar (1991) Bhupen Hazarika
Bhupen Hazarika
(1992) Majrooh Sultanpuri (1993) Dilip Kumar
Dilip Kumar
(1994) Rajkumar (1995) Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
(1996) Pradeep (1997) B. R. Chopra (1998) Hrishikesh Mukherjee (1999) Asha Bhosle
Asha Bhosle
(2000)

2001–present

Yash Chopra
Yash Chopra
(2001) Dev Anand
Dev Anand
(2002) Mrinal Sen
Mrinal Sen
(2003) Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Adoor Gopalakrishnan
(2004) Shyam Benegal
Shyam Benegal
(2005) Tapan Sinha (2006) Manna Dey
Manna Dey
(2007) V. K. Murthy
V. K. Murthy
(2008) D. Ramanaidu
D. Ramanaidu
(2009) K. Balachander
K. Balachander
(2010) Soumitra Chatterjee
Soumitra Chatterjee
(2011) Pran (2012) Gulzar
Gulzar
(2013) Shashi Kapoor
Shashi Kapoor
(2014) Manoj Kumar
Manoj Kumar
(2015) Kasinathuni Viswanath
Kasinathuni Viswanath
(2016)

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Padma Bhushan
Padma Bhushan
award recipients (1980–1989)

1980

Sunil Gavaskar

1981

Vainu Bappu Prafulla Desai A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Gopinath Mohanty Amritlal Nagar Mrinal Sen Avabai Bomanji Wadia

1982

Jasbir Singh Bajaj Sundaram Balachander Gottipati Brahmaiah Rani Gaidinliu Khadim Hussain Khan Stella Kramrisch Jal Minocher Mehta Grace Morley Syed Zahoor Qasim Kamal Ranadive P. N. Pattabhirama Sastri Jhabarmal Sharma Ajit Ram Verma

1983

Richard Attenborough Doraiswamy Iyengar V. G. Jog K. Sankaran Nair Prem Nazir Swraj Paul, Baron Paul Rajkumar K. G. Ramanathan Kershasp Tehmurasp Satarawala Subodh Chandra Sengupta Adi M. Sethna Arun Kumar Sharma Benudhar Sharma Bhalindra Singh Umrao Singh

1984

Horace Alexander Michael Ferreira Sivaji Ganesan Jnan Prakash Ghosh Kotha Satchidananda Murthy Hosur Narasimhaiah Sripada Pinakapani Ishwari Prasad B. C. Sanyal Marie Seton Archana Sharma Obaid Siddiqi Natwar Singh Ganda Singh Vijay Tendulkar Baldev Upadhyaya

1985

Durga Das Basu Shiba P. Chatterjee Virender Lal Chopra Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon Santidev Ghosh Bhimsen Joshi Sadat Abul Masud Kalanidhi Narayanan Bernard Peters Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai Gopala Ramanujam S. Ramaseshan Amarjit Singh Tribhuvandas Luhar Gurbachan Singh Talib Bhalchandra Udgaonkar Srinivasan Varadarajan

1986

Pushpa Mittra Bhargava Ela Bhatt Manohar Lal Chibber Aminuddin Dagar V. Krishnamurthy Jean Riboud Sidney Dillon Ripley Rajeev Sethi Martand Singh Badri Nath Tandon Gulshan Lal Tandon R. K. Trivedi

1987

Balamani Amma Kishori Amonkar Nikhil Banerjee Roddam Narasimha R. D. Pradhan Annada Shankar Ray Julio Ribeiro Man Mohan Sharma Farokh Udwadia Mohammad Yunus

1988

19th Kushok Bakula Rinpoche Ram Prakash Bambah Kartar Singh Duggal Ashok Sekhar Ganguly Abid Hussain Shreyans Prasad Jain Kelucharan Mohapatra Bal Ram Nanda Akkineni Nageswara Rao Pratury Trirumala Rao Renuka Ray B. V. Sreekantan Satya Pal Wahi

1989

Fenner Brockway, Baron Brockway Banoo Jehangir Coyaji Girija Devi Kattingeri Krishna Hebbar Girilal Jain Anna Rajam Malhotra M. V. Mathur Ashesh Prosad Mitra Russi Mody Suresh Shankar Nadkarni Narinder Singh Randhawa Yoshio Sakurauchi Lakshman Singh Prakash Narain Tandon

# Posthumous conferral

1954–1959 1960–1969 1970–1979 1980–1989 1990–1999 2000–2009 2010–2019

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Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actor

1972–1989

Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
(1972) Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
(1973) Gemini Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
(1974) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1975) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1976) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1977) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1978) Sivakumar
Sivakumar
(1979) Sivakumar
Sivakumar
(1980) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1981) Mohan (1982) Bhagyaraj (1983) Rajinikanth
Rajinikanth
(1984) Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
(1985) Vijayakanth
Vijayakanth
(1986) Sathyaraj
Sathyaraj
(1987) Karthik (1988) Karthik (1989)

1990–2009

Karthik (1990) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1991) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1992) Karthik (1993) R. Sarathkumar
R. Sarathkumar
(1994) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1995) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1996) R. Sarathkumar
R. Sarathkumar
(1997) R. Sarathkumar
R. Sarathkumar
(1998) Ajith Kumar
Ajith Kumar
(1999) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(2000) Vikram (2001) Ajith Kumar
Ajith Kumar
(2002) Vikram (2003) Suriya
Suriya
(2004) Vikram (2005) Ajith Kumar
Ajith Kumar
(2006) Karthi
Karthi
(2007) Suriya
Suriya
(2008) Prakash Raj
Prakash Raj
(2009)

2010–2019

Vikram (2010) Dhanush
Dhanush
(2011) Dhanush
Dhanush
(2012) Atharvaa
Atharvaa
(2013) Dhanush
Dhanush
(2014) Vikram (2015) R. Madhavan
R. Madhavan
(2016)

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Filmfare Award South for Lifetime Achievement

1983–1989

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
(1983) Sowcar Janaki
Sowcar Janaki
(1984) Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
(1985) Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair (1986) Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
(1987) Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
(1988) Ilaiyaraaja
Ilaiyaraaja
(1989)

1990–1999

Padmini (1990) M. T. Vasudevan Nair (1991) L. V. Prasad
L. V. Prasad
(1992) Gemini Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
(1993) K. Balachander, Kasinathuni Viswanath, B. Saroja Devi, Madhu, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Soumitra Chatterjee
Soumitra Chatterjee
(1994) Nagesh & Manorama (1995) Krishna & Sharada (1996) Nedumudi Venu
Nedumudi Venu
& S. Janaki
S. Janaki
(1997) Allu Rama Lingaiah
Allu Rama Lingaiah
& Lakshmi (1998) Pandari Bai
Pandari Bai
& Mugur Sundar (1999) D. Ramanaidu
D. Ramanaidu
& Sheela (2000)

2001–2010

M. S. Viswanathan
M. S. Viswanathan
& Dasari Narayana Rao
Dasari Narayana Rao
(2001) Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao & Vishnuvardhan (2002) K. J. Yesudas
K. J. Yesudas
& Vijayashanti (2003) K. R. Vijaya & Ramoji Rao (2004) Thilakan
Thilakan
& Sukumari
Sukumari
(2005) Krishnam Raju
Krishnam Raju
& P. Susheela
P. Susheela
(2006) Sivakumar
Sivakumar
& Jaya Prada
Jaya Prada
(2007) Veturi Sundararama Murthy
Veturi Sundararama Murthy
(2008) Ambareesh & KPAC Lalitha (2009) Chiranjeevi
Chiranjeevi
& Jayasudha (2010)

2011–present

S. P. Muthuraman
S. P. Muthuraman
& Seema (2011) Bapu & Vani Jairam
Vani Jairam
(2012) Balu Mahendra
Balu Mahendra
& Jayabharathi
Jayabharathi
(2013) I. V. Sasi
I. V. Sasi
& Raadhika (2014) Mohan Babu (2015) Vijaya Nirmala
Vijaya Nirmala
(2016)

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National Film Award— Special
Special
Jury Award (feature film)

1978–1980

No Award (1978) No Award (1979) No Award (1980)

1981–2000

Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray
(1981) No Award (1982) Mankada Ravi Varma (1983) T. S. Ranga (1984) Sudha Chandran (1985) John Abraham (1986) M. B. Sreenivasan
M. B. Sreenivasan
(1987) Ashok Ahuja (1988) Amitabh Chakraborty (1989) Pankaj Kapur, Sunny Deol
Sunny Deol
and Jayabharathi
Jayabharathi
(1990) Soumitra Chatterjee
Soumitra Chatterjee
(1991) Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
and Ketan Mehta
Ketan Mehta
(1992) Shashi Kapoor
Shashi Kapoor
and Pallavi Joshi (1993) Radhu Karmakar and Shaji N. Karun
Shaji N. Karun
(1994) Shyam Benegal
Shyam Benegal
(1995) Amol Palekar
Amol Palekar
and Kirron Kher
Kirron Kher
(1996) Jaimala (1997) Drishyakavya and Ashoke Viswanathan (1998) Kalabhavan Mani
Kalabhavan Mani
(1999) Soumitra Chatterjee
Soumitra Chatterjee
(2000)

2001–present

Janaki Vishwanathan (2001) Prakash Raj
Prakash Raj
(2002) Manoj Bajpai, Roopkatha and Goutam Halder (2003) J. Phillip (2004) Anupam Kher
Anupam Kher
(2005) Vishal Bhardwaj
Vishal Bhardwaj
(2006) Anil Kapoor
Anil Kapoor
and Feroz Abbas Khan (2007) NFDC and K. M. Madhusudhanan
K. M. Madhusudhanan
(2008) A. Sreekar Prasad (2009) Bindiya Khanolkar, Sachin Khanolkar and Anant Mahadevan
Anant Mahadevan
(2010) Anjan Dutt (2011) Rituparno Ghosh
Rituparno Ghosh
and Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Nawazuddin Siddiqui
(2012) Viva In En, Mahesh Limaye, Future East Film Pvt Ltd and Ashim Ahluwalia (2013) Bhaurao Karhade (2014) Kalki Koechlin
Kalki Koechlin
(2015) Mohanlal
Mohanlal
(2016)

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Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
State Film Award for Best Actor

1967–1980

A. V. M. Rajan (1967) M. G. Ramachandran
M. G. Ramachandran
(1968) Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
(1969) Gemini Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
(1970) no award (1971) no award (1972) no award (1973) no award (1974) no award (1975) no award (1976) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1977) Sreekanth (1978) Sivakumar
Sivakumar
(1979) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1980)

1981–2000

Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1981) Sivakumar
Sivakumar
(1982) no award (1983) no award (1984) no award (1985) no award (1986) no award (1987) Vijayakanth
Vijayakanth
(1988) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1989) Karthik (1990) Prabhu (1991) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1992) Arjun (1993) R. Sarathkumar
R. Sarathkumar
(1994) Rajinikanth
Rajinikanth
(1995) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1996) Vijay & Parthiban (1997) R. Sarathkumar
R. Sarathkumar
(1998) Rajinikanth
Rajinikanth
(1999) Vijay & Murali (2000)

2001–present

Suriya
Suriya
(2001) Madhavan (2002) Vikram (2003) Jayam Ravi
Jayam Ravi
(2004) Vijay & Rajinikanth
Rajinikanth
(2005) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(2006) Rajinikanth
Rajinikanth
(2007) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(2008) Karan (2009) Vikram (2010) Vimal (2011) Jiiva
Jiiva
(2012) Arya (2013) Siddharth (2014)

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