Netizens are celebrating 93rd birthday of Sivaji Ganesan, one of India’s most influential actors of all time. Google Doodle celebrated the late actor’s birthday with a doodle by Bangalore-based guest artist Noopur Rajesh Choksi.

Born on October 1, 1928, in South Arcot district of Tamil Nadu, to Chinnaiah, a railway employee and freedom fighter, and Rajamani, Ganesan went on to earn laurels throughout his acting career.

Known by his stage name Sivaji Ganesan, V. Chinnaia Manrayar Ganesamoorthy was an Indian actor and producer who was known for his versatility and variety of roles on the Tamil silver screen.

His fans gave him the nickname Nadigar Thilagam which means ‘pride of actors’ in Tamil. He acted in 288 films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi.

Ganesan went on to win the third and fouth highest award honoured to civilians. He was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri in 1966, Padma Bhushan in 1984 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, which is considered to be the highest honour for films in India, in 1995.

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Ganesan also won an award for the ‘Best Actor’ in an International film festival, The Afro-Aisan Film festival, held in Cairo, Egypt in 1960.

Several actors in the Tollywood Industry have stated being influenced and inspired by Ganesan for the legendary actor that he was.

Ganesan was also the first Indian actor to be made Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the Los Angeles Times described him as the Marlon Brando of south India’s film industry’

Here’s how Twitterati remembered the OG Tollywood.

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