Awards & Winners

Sivaji Ganesan

Date of Birth 01-October-1928
Place of Birth Viluppuram
(Tamil Nadu, Viluppuram district)
Nationality India
Also know as Nadigar Thilagam, Viluppuram Chinnaiahpillai Ganesan Manrayar, Padmashri Shivaji Ganesan, Shivaji Ganasan, Shivaji Ganeshan, Shivaji Ganesan, Sivaji, Villupuram Chinnaiahpillai Ganesan, Thilagam Nadigar, Viluppuram Chinnaiahpillah Ganesan, Villuppuram Chinnaiahpillai Ganesan, The Marlon Brando of South Indian Cinema, Vettaithidal Chinnaiah Ganesan
Profession Actor
Viluppuram Chinnaiahpillai Ganesan, or Vettaithidal Chinnaiah Ganesan, but commonly known by his stage name Sivaji Ganesan, was an Indian stage and film actor active during the latter half of the 20th century and was one of the most respected film actors in India. He was well known for his versatility and acting skills with numerous roles depicted on screen, which gave him also the Tamil honorific name Nadigar Thillagam. He progressed from a stage actor since his childhood to the filmdom with such an authority that the Tamil cinema considered as the golden era. In a career spanning close to five decades he has acted in nearly 300 films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. Ganesan was the first Indian film actor to win a "Best Actor" award in an International film festival, the Afro-Asian Film Festival held in Cairo, Egypt in 1960. Many leading South Indian film actors have stated that their acting was influenced by Ganesan. He was also the first Indian actor to be made a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Ganesan is remembered as the iconic figure of Tamil cinema. He is referred to as "The Marlon Brando of Indian Cinema". From Parasakthi onwards, he has won the President's Award for more than 12 times. During end of his career, Ganesan was conferred the highest and the most prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his contribution to Indian cinema in 1997. He received in 1998 the NTR National Award. In spite of his celebrated film career, his short stint in politics became a futile attempt.

Awards by Sivaji Ganesan

Check all the awards nominated and won by Sivaji Ganesan.


Dadasaheb Phalke Award
(Awarded as an Actor)


Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Honored for : Muthal Mariyathai



Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Honored for : Gnana Oli