Keezhoote Balakrishna Pillai Ganesh Kumar (born 25 May 1966) is an Indian film & television actor, television host, and politician. Ganesh Kumar is the current Member of the Legislative Assembly (M.L.A.) representing the Pathanapuram constituency of Kollam district, Kerala. He made his debut as an actor in the film Irakal (1985) directed by K. G. George. He has starred in over a 100 Malayalam films doing a variety of roles. Most recently, he was the Minister for Forests & Environment, Sports and Cinema in the Government of Kerala beginning May 2011 until his resignation on 1 April 2013. He was elected to the State Legislative Assembly (M.L.A.) from Pathanapuram constituency in Kollam district for the first time in 2001 and has represented the constituency ever since. He was Transport Minister from May 2001 to March 2003. He is the son of Kezhoote Balakrishna Pillai, former Minister of Kerala.
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