Keezhoote Balakrishna Pillai Ganesh Kumar (known as K B Ganesh Kumar) is an actor, TV host and even a politician. He is the son of the veteran politician, R. Balakrishna Pillai. Like his father, the actor too had a long innings in his political career having won three times from his constituency in the election. The actor first made his foray into films during 1985.
Earlier in his career as an actor, Pillai played supporting character roles and even had portrayed predominantly villain, anti-social and rowdy characters in the movies. His career in acting was for a span of two decades. Even after being elected as MLA, he did not give up his love for acting. He made a balance between his political and acting career graph.
His first movie was ‘‘Erakal' directed by KG George. Later on since 2001, he was seen playing various roles in movies and entertaining masses. Some of his prominent movies where he essayed a stellar role include ‘Sukhamodevi’, ‘
Mukthi’ and ‘
Devadas’. Till 2013, he was active in cinema and he even tried his luck in TV series.
The actor had appeared in many TV series that was aired on TV channels of Kerala. For Doordarshan, he appeared in two TV series, namely “Dr.Harischadra” and “Mohangal”. Also, the actor also essayed pivotal character in two other TV series ‘
Nammal Thammil’ and ‘
Samayam’ which were aired on Asianet TV channel.
The actor is also the recipient of best television actor in 2007 given by Kerala State Government for his role in TV serial "
Madhavam" aired on Surya TV. Plus, he got the best actor role again in 2008 for his role in TV serial ‘
Aliyanmarum Penganmarum’ that was aired on Amrita TV. Ganesh Kumar had some issues with his personal life. His first marriage faced complexities and he divorced his first wife Dr.Yamini Thankachi whom he married on 20 May 1994.
Later, he again married the marketing head of Asianet TV channel, Bindhu Menon. The actor was very choosy and selective in his roles be it small or big screen. Hence, he had done some meaningful roles as a supporting actor in Malayalam cinema whether it had many grey shades in the character or even very good and significant meaning too. But it is true that the industry had offered him a platform to project his skills and he always wanted to portray negative or grey-shaded characters. He was born on 25 May 1966 in Trivandrum.