"I accept projects, whether big or small, and give it my best shot"
`Delhi' Ganesh is a much-admired actor, with decades of experience in theatre, television and cinema. He talks about his past and about the present state of affairs in the film industry.
I am very easy to work with. I rarely get angry, as I feel the director knows best in terms of how to make an artist perform. I always accept projects, whether big or small, and give it my best shot.
I was working with the Indian Air Force in New Delhi. I used to act in Dakshina Bharatha Nataka Sabha plays.
I moved to Chennai after my marriage.
Here, I started acting in Kathadi Ramamurthy's `Stage Creations' plays. Subsequently, I formed my own troupe `Om Ganesh Creations.' We staged five dramas, each of them 100 times.
I have travelled all over India with my troupe.
I have performed on stage more than 1,500 times.
Director K. Balachander watched "Pattanapravesam", a play in which I acted, thrice. I was thrilled when he chose me to play the part in a film based on the play.
My first shot before the camera was for "Pattanapravesam", at Vasu studios in 1976.
I asked director K. Balachander if he wanted to change my name.
That is how M. Ganeshan became `Delhi' Ganesh.
I have acted in more than 400 films in four languages, most of them in Tamil.
I have also done five films each in Telugu and Malayalam and one Hindi film, `Dus', with Sanjay Dutt.
While my producers are happy with my repertoire of work, my grandchildren prefer my comedy films `Thennali', `Avvai Shanmugi', `Michael Madhana Kamarajan', `London', `Thamizhan' and the recent `Muni'.
My favourite actors are Kamal Haasan and Jyotika.
I have also acted in a few television serials. `Sahana' and `Kasturi' are significant among them. Both have brought me fame.
I wish to do better work in future.