Ganesh Venkatraman is an Indian film actor, who has appeared in six different Indian regional film industries. He rose to fame following his performances in Radha Mohan’s Abhiyum Naanum (2008), before winning critical acclaim for his work in Unnaipol Oruvan (2009) and Kandahar (2010)
Ganesh began his acting career by appearing in television serials including Antariksh and Mayavi, which was first 3D serial in Tamil television. He made his film début with The Angrez (2006), an experimental crossover film shot in Hyderabadi Urdu but could not garner any further film offers immediately. Subsequently, he made his début in Tamil cinema with Radha Mohan’s family drama, Abhiyum Naanum (2008). Ganesh successfully auditioned for the role in Mumbai, by turning up dressed as the Sikh character in the film, prompting the makers to believe that he actually was a Punjabi. Portraying as Trisha’s Punjabi fiancé, his role received critical acclaim and the film performed well at the box office. After working with Prakash Raj in his second film, Ganesh got several further offers to appear in supporting roles in films starring veteran actors. He appeared as a police officer, working alongside Kamal Haasan, Mohanlal and Venkatesh in the bilingual film Unnaipol Oruvan (2009, while he then portrayed an army general in Major Ravi’s war film Kandahar, where he appeared with Mohanlal and Amitabh Bachchan. He also shot and completed a thriller film titled Muriyadi with Sathyaraj by Selva, but the film failed to have a theatrical release owing to Kavithalayaa Productions’ financial troubles. During the period, Ganesh also opted out of another multi-starrer Mankatha (2011), and instead chose to work on another bilingual Tamil and Hindi film, Panithuli (2012), in a solo lead role. Shot entirely in the USA, the film opened to negative reviews and performed poorly at the box office. Furthermore, he appeared with another veteran actor, Nagarjuna, during the making of Damarukam (2012), which became his first straight Telugu film.
Ganesh worked on three projects in 2013, prioritising his work on Tamil cinema. He appeared in Sundar C’s bilingual film, Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru in a supporting role of an office worker, while he was seen as a police officer in the action film, Ivan Veramathiri. He also portrayed the role of a prince in Roopa Iyer’s Kannada and Tamil bilingual film, Chandra, and revealed that he signed on after hearing that Shriya Saran would be portraying the lead role. Ganesh subsequently worked on a few low budget films, the psychological thriller Achaaram (2015) and the drama Pallikoodam Pogamale (2015), both of which had low key theatrical releases. During the same year, he also portrayed a supporting role in Mohan Raja’s Thani Oruvan, which went on to become a blockbuster at the box office.
Prior to acting, Ganesh Venkatraman was a successful model and had been a winner of Gladrags Mr. India 2003 and been a representative for India in Mr. World 2004. In September 2014, Ganesh made his debut as a television host by presenting the reality game show Vendhar Veetu Kalyanam on Vendhar TV.
Ganesh Venkatraman got engaged to actress Nisha Krishnan in February 2015, and the pair married in November 2015.