Kannada actor Ganesh’s Ugadi gift

IT was a double whammy for kannada actor Ganesh’s family on Ugadi — the Golden star’s wife Shilpa delivered a baby girl early Friday morning. Daddy G told SandlewoodBUZZ about his first reaction upon seeing his daughter. “Ontara jumm anthu to see my own reflection,” he said.

The couple is yet to name the baby. Are they going to take astrology and numerology into consideration? “That wasn’t how I was named. I was born during Ganesh Chaturthi and that’s why I was named Ganesh. We have time to think about the baby’s name,” he said. “Right now, my husband calls her Goldie,” added Shilpa. It was a normal delivery with no complications, as opposed to the predictions of three astrologers who said that Shilpa would have to undergo a C-section. Ganesh, who couldn’t take his eyes off the baby, kept asking his friends whether she’d be the same size for three months.

The kannada actor is looking forward to spending time with Goldie. But he’d spent ‘quality time’ with her even before she was born. “When Shilpa was pregnant, I used to play a lot of music and movies and tell a lot of jokes for the baby,” he laughed, “Now I’m going to take a month off from work to spend time with her.”

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‘Delete my character from the film’

After cameraman Krishna and veteran music composer Hamsalekha, the producer-cum-actor of Kabaddi, Kishore, is under attack from director Narendra Babu. Babu who started the work on the film nearly two years ago has finally wrapped up but at double the initial estimated cost and the addition of a few more producers. Vanilla Kabadi Kuzhu, the Tamil film based on Kabaddi which also had Kishore in the similar role of a coach, has irked Babu. Kishore said, “I have spoken many a time on this issue and I have made it clear that I have not divulged the details of the Kannada film to the Tamil filmmakers. Being a producer why would I commit such a blunder? My images were taken out of the publicity material of Kabaddi much before the Tamil film was announced. Is producing a Kannada film my mistake? Babu should show his caliber with the film and not by bad mouthing everyone associated with the film.”

In fact kannada actor Kishore has challenged people to watch both the films and then comment on the alleged similarities. “It is a lesson learnt the hard way for me. I have stayed back in the film so as not to hurt the other producers. If they so desire I am ready to get out of the film and Babu can delete my character from the film and the posters. There is more to the story than Babu’s comments about me and others. His sole intention is to insult me,” Kishore said. Babu had earlier chided music composer Hamsalekha for not attending the audio release of his film and alleged that the veteran had tried to hijack his film.