‘Ganeshana Maduve,’ is a phrase that sees smiles erupt on Kannadiga faces because of a delightful caper of the same name. Sure enough, Kannada star Ganesh‘s maduve on the night of February 11, produced some smiles for a while, but…
But the lightning speed (apparently invitees came to know of it only an hour before), the hush-hush (slated for February 18, it was advanced by a full week), the bride’s earlier marriage and dramatic divorce, the possibility of “pressure” on the groom from Dubai, have all been furiously speculated by the mainstream Kannada media with a shameless tabloid brazenness that boggles the mind.
But two things stand out from a distance. The first is the natural affection that the “Golden Star” of Mungaaru Male and Gaali Pata commands.
Quite in contrast to the faux, even fake, reverence with which every Kannada star is held, producers, directors, friends, fans, anchors, almost nobody ever felt the need to refer to the boy from Adakamaranahalli who made it big in Gandhinagar in plural. Avanu was a word that tripped off most tongues. In an industry where you can put a foot in the door only if you are somebody’s son or daughter, the democratisation of a star is a sight.
The second is the timing of Ganeshana Maduve. For a smallscreen star who implanted himself on the Kannadiga consciousness through the nightly programme “Comedy Time”, which went on air on Udaya TV at 10.30 pm, how very appropriate that news of his wedding should have been broken (heartlessly to his female fans) around the same time: 10.44 pm.
Photograph: Karnataka Photo News
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I found it sick the way TV9 Kannada did a story on him. Was it necessary to intrude so much into someone’s life, rake up their past only to drive TRP’s. So much so TV9 devoted nearly 45 minutes to this wedding. What was funny is the various conspiracy theories that was floated by the reporter, who seems a Dud himself. He was repeating the same thing over and over again. It is time we started a channel only to show the idiocy of these reporters, intrude into their lives like they intrude into everyone and report about them the same way they do about others. I suppose the story of their lives would be more interesting :p…
I wish Ganesh all the best for a long and happy married life. Or should I say in the same style he said namskara, namskara, namskara….. Shubhashaya, Shubhashaya, Shubhashaya!!!
He deserves every bit of success that he is enjoying today!!!
wow, i’ve gotta say … i am amazed by this news … i am touched by his simplicity and values … it’s so evident in his marriage … he’s the biggest star in karnataka, and if he wanted, he could have marital offers from the most beautiful/popular women around … you’d expect that he’d cash-in on his popularity to wed with someone of a similar stature, if not better … instead, he chooses to wed in complete simplicity with a simple, beautiful girl, whom most of us would consider to have “baggage” … i am just blown away by this man’s decision … if his warm personality wasn’t magnetic enough, he’s won our hearts all over again by showing what a great human being he is … i join all kannadigas, i am sure, in wishing the two of them, a warm and fulfilling life …
Is it me or did someone else thought the bride could have played Uma Thurman in Kill Bill. Anyways, whatever the reason behind his wedding, my best wishes to the couple.
Belated news!Wish u all the best ganeshappa.. keep up your good work!
Allow him to lead a happy life. It is his personal life. Nobody has any business to question it. Some of the Channels are unnecessarily overplaying the issue. Let them concentrate on other burning problems of the commom man, if at all they are interested.
The Kannada media with their ear supposedly close to the ground have gone completely bonkers, as evidenced by their coverage of Ganesh’s wedding. On Monday night, it was “Breaking News” on Kasturi, TV9 and ETV late in the night. Even if that is understandable, the manner in which the story was turned around on Tuesday evening is a disgrace to whatever professional ethics these media organisations can lay claim to.
Between 7 pm and 8 pm, TV9 was doing a nice happy story of the wedding. Yograj Bhat among others were in the studio and there were fans across the state expressing their feelings. All very well because Ganesh is one of the few personalities who evokes such feelings. But ETV’s lead story at 8 pm on the bride’s past, turned TV9’s graciousness on its head.
Without a modicum of dignity, proportion or balance, both channels took the low road, speculating openly on the marriage, on the bride, on her parents being in Dubai, about Ganesh being pressured from Dubai, etc. The less said of the Kannada newspapers the better. With gutter journalism passing off as sagely wisdom, the writing is on the wall for Karnataka.
When I was thinking that visual media’s journalistic standard cannot go any low, TV9 has proved me wrong by stooping further down.
Leave this guy alone and let him have a peaceful and happy married life.
I wish there was a news channel which did similar expose(?) on burqa dutt, prannoy roy, rajdeep, sagarika goose et al
@Aatmasakshi – it is the curse of the “24×7 television”. In this case, the kannada media is only copying the national media. Anyway the media is owned by the national media. “Hiriyakkana chaaLi Mane mandigella” anthaaralla, Haage.
It appears that ole Ganesha is marrying some one else’s wife! I have this breaking news straight from Vivekanands Road, Yadavagiri, Mysore.
Shades of Anil Kumble here….:)