Ganesh is a Kannada film director and television presenter known for his work in Kannada cinema. Through his career in films and television shows, he has become one of the most popular celebrities and one of the highest-paid actors in Kannada cinema.He is the recipient of several awards, including two Filmfare Awards.
Ganesh began his career as an actor in several television series and a tele-film which remains unreleased till date. He, then landed up as show host for a comedy talk-show named Comedy Time aired in Udaya TV. His popularity in the show was noted by director B. Suresha who cast him for the film Tapori (2002) for a villain role. His stint as a supporting actor continued until he was cast in the lead role in the film Chellata (2006). He shot to fame with the all-time blockbuster film Mungaru Male (2006) which found a screening of 865 days, creating a record in Kannada cinema.
Ganesh won two consecutive Best Actor awards at Filmfare for portraying a sincere lover in the comedy-drama Gaalipata (2008) and in the romantic drama Maleyali Jotheyali (2012). He is popularly known as “Golden Star” among the film circles and his fans which was coined by director S. Narayan following the success of his directorial Cheluvina Chittara (2007).