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My Friend Ganesha and four amazing films that pay tributes to Lord Ganesha

Lord Ganesha has been portrayed innumerous times in film songs but not many movies are dedicated to this Hindu god of success.

Ganpati festival Updated: Sep 05, 2016 11:49 IST
Kaushani Banerjee
Kaushani Banerjee
Hindustan Times
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Keeping the holiday spirit in mind, here’s our pick of movies that depict of life of Lord Ganesh in various forms.(YouTube)

Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, is considered to be the Hindu god of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. He is often depicted as the elephant-deity riding a mouse. He is perhaps one of the most popular and pervasive deity that exists in the minds of the masses. In popular culture, there is ample reference to the elephant god but not many films have been made on him. Here, we list a few movies that depict the life of the Hindu mythological god.

Bal Ganesh (2007) – Bollywood has celebrated the greatness of Lord Ganesh in many forms. Director, Pankaj Sharma made full length feature film by using state-of-the-art technology. The animation film was especially targeted for the young audience.

My Friend Ganesha (2008)- In this film director Rajiv Ruia gives Ganesh a make-over and he is made into a modern day hero. An 8-year-old boy befriends Ganesh and solve problems. The movie became so popular that Ruia went on to a make a series of three films.

Shri Vinayaka Vijayamu (1979) – This Telegu mythological film was touted to be a huge commercial success. Helmed by the famous Tollywood director Kamalakara Kameswara Rao, it is based on the origins of Lord Ganesh and how finally he tamed a rakshasha.

Vinayaka Chavithi (1957) – Even though NT Rama Rao is often considered to be the master of mythology and has played almost all the Hindu gods. In this film, he does not play Lord Ganesh, instead he plays Lord Krishna. The film’s title is on Lord Ganesha’s name but it revolves around Lord Krishna and Ganesha’s curse on him.

Bhookailas (1958) – This yesteryear film, also stars NT Rama Rao but as Ravana and depicts how he brings along the atma lingam of Lord Shiva with him. Here, Lord Ganesha, in the form of a shepherd diverts the attention of Ravana and liberates Lord Shiva from his trap

First Published: Sep 05, 2016 11:25 IST