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In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree

January 30, 2012, 2:58 pm
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • Rekha is actor Gemini Ganesan and actress Pushpavalli's daughter. Meet the entire Ganesan clan
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • Better known as 'Kadhal Mannan' (King of Romance), Gemini Ganesan wanted to be a doctor. TR Alamelu promised him a medical seat after graduation and in return offered to marry his daughter. Gemini agreed and married Alamelu in 1940.

    Alamelu's father passed away just a month after their marriage and Ganesan's dream of becoming a doctor was shattered.

    The couple have four daughters together Revathi Swaminathan, Kamala Selvaraj, Narayani Ganesh and Jaya Shreedhar.
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • And then, Gemini Ganesan entered the film industry and became one of the most popular Tamil actors of his time.
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • Gemini Ganesan and Pushpavalli worked in many films together and fell in love. Though both of them never tied the knot, but the couple had two daughters together, named Rekha and Radha.
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • As media reports claim, Ganesan secretly married Telugu actress Savitri. Both of them kept their marriage under wraps for three years.
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • Ganesan and Savitri soon became a hit onscreen pair. They have two kids together, Vijaya Chamundeswari and Sathish Kumar.
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • Gemini Ganesan passed away in March 2005. He is survived by seven daughters and a son.

    His children are Revathi Swaminathan, Kamala Selvaraj, Narayani Ganesh, Jaya Shreedhar, Rekha, Radha Usman Syed, Vijaya Chamundeswari and Sathish Kumaar Ganesan.
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • Ganesan never got married to Rekha's mother Pushpavalli. That is why he did not acknowledge Rekha's paternity during her childhood. Rekha spoke about her family when she was trying to make it big in the industry.

    For long Rekha ignored his efforts for reconciliation.
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • Rekha's younger sister Radha Usman Syed Ganesan also acted in a few Tamil films. Later, she got married and is settled in USA.
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • Unlike the usual perception about step siblings, Rekha and her clan bonds well.

    (L-R)Revathi Swaminathan (Doctor), Narayani Ganesan (Journalist), Kamala Selvaraj (Doctor), Rekha (Actress), Vijaya Chamundeswari (Fitness expert) and Dr Jaya Shreedhar (Health advisor).
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • Ganesan's only son Sathish Kumaar is settled abroad with his family.
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • Rekha is the only one in the family who followed her parents footsteps and made it big in the film industry. Her bold onscreen avatars and acting talent contributed to her Bollywood success.
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • In 1973, Rekha was rumoured to be married to Bollywood actor Vinod Mehra. Years later at a chat show, Rekha denied the marriage rumours and called him a 'well-wisher'.
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • Vinod Mehra was first married to Meena Broca, it was an arranged marriage. Later he got married to actress, Bindiya Goswami. However, this marriage also didn't last for long. After that he was rumoured to be married to Rekha.

    His last marriage, to Kiran, lasted until his death.
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • Rekha's personal life has always been surrounded with controversies. After starring together in many films together, media reports claim Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha fell in love.
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • Rekha was highly criticized for her affair with the Big B, as he was already married to actress Jaya Bachchan.
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • Some reports claim that Rekha was also pregnant with Amitabh Bachchan's baby. However, many call it a publicity stunt by Rekha, who was trying to scare her ex boyfriend who was now seeing Parveen Babi.
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • Interestingly, Rekha and Amitabh often bump into each other at award functions, but prefer to avoid each other.
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • In 1990, Rekha married Delhi-based industrialist Mukesh Aggarwal.
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • Just an year after their marriage, when Rekha was in the US, Mukesh committed suicide.
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree
  • In pics: The Gemini Ganesan-Rekha family tree