G. V. Iyer

Other names of G. V. Iyer: Ganapathi Venkataramana Iyer, Kannada Bheeshma
Birthday: 13-09-1917
Date of death: 21-12-2003
Star sign: Libra

Internationally renowned film producer-director G. V. Iyer started his career as a stage artiste. He was born on September 3, 1917, in Nanjanagud (Mysore). This veteran film personality started his career as a stage artiste in 'Sadarame' drama in Mysore and later worked in the film field. In early stages of his career, he engaged himself as a poster writer and carpenter. Later, he had gone to act with several veteran actors both on stage and in the film field. After getting a chance as an actor, he turned producer and director.

He brought many film heroes to the limelight including Dr. Rajkumar and Narasimharaju. Over the years, he achieved international acclaim through his classic works of celluloid, which brought fame and awards for Indian cinema. It is for this the veteran is considered to be ‘"Kannada Bheeshma’ in the film industry. G.V.Iyer was the first director to make films in the Sanskrit language. Every film that he has directed is seen as a landmark in Kannada cinema. He made his debut as an actor in the film ‘ Radha Ramana’(1943). Later he went to act in many devotional films such as Mahakavi Kalidasa, Hari Bhaktha and Bedara Kannapa. He also wrote scripts, lyrics and produced and directed commercial Kannada movies. One of the most notable films that were a huge success was ‘Ranadheera Kanteerava’. In 1983, he directed India’s first Sanskrit film for NFDC ‘Adi Shankaracharya’ which won four national film awards. G.V.iyer then made two biopic films; Madhvacharya (1986) in Kannada and Ramanujacharya in Tamil (1989). After the success of his first Sanskrit film, he made ‘ Bhagavad Gita’ (1993), which was declared as the best film in National Film Awards. His last religious film ‘Swami Vivekananda’ was not a very successful movie although it had popular actors such as Mithun Chakraborty and Hema Malini. The director also made his foray in TV series.

He had gone to the city Mumbai to finalize actors for his forthcoming movie when he died on December 21, 2003. His body was brought from Mumbai to Bangalore where his last rites were performed.

Gajendra Singh

Gajendra Singh is a famous director and television producer. He hails from Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh. His one of the popular shows is Sur Kshetra. He has represented India’s musical industry on the international level. He is a Limca Book record holder for the largest running musical T.V. serial Antakshari; the serial was telecasted on Zee T.V., and it was on air for 10 continuous years. He has also worked for shows like Amul Music Ka Maha Muqqabla and Saregama etc. He was an integral part of the Zee T.V. Television channel since 2006. But after 2006, he left Zee T.V. and started to work for Saaibaba Telefilms which is his own company. It is a media company which has interests in different aspects of entertainment such as game shows, and dance shows. They also search for new talents and events etc. With this, Gajendra Singh started a one of its kind musical cum talent show called STAR Voice Of India on Star Plus. This competition ended in July 2008. Gajendra Singh is a staunch defender of this reality dance and music shows. He has also worked for many other regional and some big named national television channels such as Sab TV, Doordarshan, and Sony Entertainment Television Asia. In October 2012, he was arrested by the Mumbai police as he had not attended a court meeting. The court meeting was of a cheating and non-payment case which was filed against him in 2011 at Kanpur. He has also run shows like Chote Ustad on Star Plus, to promote singing and to search for upcoming children with talent as he has a passion for searching for fresh faces and giving them their first chance on the big stage. He has been nominated for Indian Telly Jury Award for Best Editor (non-fiction). Gajendra Singh is quite active on social media platforms like Twitter, and he has close to thousand followers on his Twitter account.

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