It’s no secret that Nadigar Thilagam Sivaji Ganesan came into the industry from the stage. He was just 10 when he joined a drama troupe in Sangiliyandapuram and started performing in stage plays. In fact, his performance as Maratha king Shivaji in the play Shivaji Kanda Hindu Rajyam was so spellbinding that it earned him the name Sivaji! While his sons Prabhu and later, Ramkumar, directly joined the film industry, the veteran actor’s grandson, Darshan Ramkumar Ganesan, has taken the theatre route!
A source says, “Darshan is Sivaji Ganesan’s eldest son, Ramkumar’s second child. Since a young age, he has been massively interested in performing arts. Also a big fan of his grandfather, Darshan wanted to learn the nuances of acting the right way and then join the industry. He has been performing on stage for over four years, since his college days in Pune. He is training under the faculty from Delhi’s National School of Drama. So far, he has worked in stage plays, therukoothu, street plays and even solo acts, and performed in several cities, including Chennai, Mumbai and Pune. His shows are mostly in Tamil, Hindi and English.”
The source adds, “Among the plays he has acted in and directed is Raavi Paar, based on Hindi lyricist Gulzaar’s work. He staged the play in Varanasi. While theatre remains his first love, Darshan is also prepping to make his debut on the big screen. Discussions are on, and it could hardly be a couple of months before an official announcement could be made.”