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14 September 2017

Everlasting Verse

Sri MGR Year 100, 14th September, Thursday

Most of you think that what I have written is spoken by MGR on screen. No it is not, what I have written is said by MGR off screen.


R.K.Shanmugam 
Dialog writer & Assistant Director


The above was said by R.K.Shanmugam during the Silver Jubilee function for Ayirathil Oruvan held in Kamaraj Arangam on September 1st 2014. 


The legendary and everlasting verses written by R.K.Shanmugam in movies such as Ayirathil Oruvan, Rickshawkaran, Pallandu Vazhga, Neethiku Thalaivanangu etc. breathed his last yesterday. We srimgr.com team wishes his soul to rest in peace and express our deepest sympathies to his family. 

I was blessed to have meet him and spoke to him for half an hour during the Ayirathil Oruvan function. I was waiting outside for my friends as R.K.Shanmugam came by. The function has started and there was no one to welcome him. I and another MGR fan (not introduced to him) took him arm by arm as R.K.Shanmugam was not well to walk alone. We both accompanied him to the hall, he asked us to give some time to regain his breath. Then he spoke to me about his relationship with MGR and MGR always call him as "Asiriyar" and not by name. Our beloved Leader Puratchi Thalaivar gave utmost respect to learned people. 

(Above image is from Mr.Jayaprakash, Facebook page)

He talked about MGR's and Jayalalitha's help to him, as he was mentioning his eyes welled up, so much emotional he became on remembering MGR. I accompanied him to the front row reserved to VIP's. On that day I believed MGR's spirit gave me that golden opportunity to converse with him and hold him to the stage. 

Below the War of words the best one liners from Ayirathil Oruvan. Uploaded by Jai Sankar in you tube. 


02 September 2017

Madras Harbour - 1983

Sri MGR Year 100, 2nd September, Saturday

One of my client Mr.Bose who was a Burma repatriate and who worked and retired as Superintendent in Madras Port Trust had given me some images relating to the inaugural ceremony of new container berth at the cost of 40 Crores (in 1983) attended by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and our beloved Leader Puratchi Thalaivar MGR. 



(Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, MGR welcoming the Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi on her visit to Madras on 18.12.1983)


The function was held on 18th December 1983. Recently while going through my scan collection I happened to see the above news. I have already published the colour images of the function 8 years before, the link is given separately.


In the function Prime Minister inaugurated the new container berth and Chief Minister MGR launched new Fishing Harbour on the north side of the port. As per protocol MGR spoke before Indira Gandhi, below is the speech given by MGR in the function. 



Earlier Post about this function with rare images:

Bose's MGR

23 August 2017

Magical Charisma

Sri MGR Year 100, 23rd August, Wednesday

The year 2017 is the birth centenary of our beloved Leader Puratchi Thalaivar MGR, not only Tamil Nadu celebrated but the Tamil world honoured. Below is a lengthy article written by DBS Jeyaraj and which is published in "Daily Mirror".


January 17, 2017 was declared a holiday in the Southern Tamil Nadu State of India. This was to acknowledge and celebrate the birth centenary of Marudur Gopalan Ramachandran or MG Ramachandran who served as chief minister of Tamil Nadu for 10 years from 1977 to 1987. It is the political party he founded in 1972 -- the All India Anna-Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham -- that is in power today in the State. Various events were held throughout Tamil Nadu to honour the memory of a larger-than-life personality known to millions of people by three letters of the English alphabet denoting the initials of his names - MGR.

MGR though ethnically a Malayalee made a name for himself as an actor in Tamil films and followed it up by becoming the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu State. MGR who started acting in minor roles from 1936 got his major break as lead actor in 1947. Thereafter for 30 years till 1977 he was the uncrowned king of Tamil cinema as the biggest box office attraction of them all. The swashbuckling actor starred as an action hero in more than 100 Tamil films. In a film career spanning four decades from 1936 to 1978, MGR acted in 136 films. Most of his movies minted money at the box-office. This was the time when the magical initials MGR was a household name in the Tamil-speaking homes of countries with a substantial population of Tamils, including India, Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka. MGR had a huge following of fans in Sri Lanka during the time he sparkled on the silver screen. Among his fans in the Island were a large number of Sinhalese and Muslims too.



15 August 2017

Flag Hoisting Ceremony

Sri MGR Year 100, 15th August, Tuesday

Today is the 70th Independence day of our country. And we wish to convey our wishes to all our blog readers and MGR fans around the world. 


Couple of months back I traveled to Kerala and met my father's friend who had settled after his retirement from government service. I had already posted some pictures given by him in our MGR blog. For this special occasion I had planned to publish all the photos of our beloved Leader Puratchi Thalaivar MGR hoisting the tri colour in Fort St.George from 1977 to 1987. 

While I was scanning the newspaper cuttings in one computer centre the person who did the work asked me in Malayalam "E- alau marichu poi ethoraiyo kollam ayi, pinney endina ithu" (this person has died so long ago what you are going to do with this) I replied in English "for you he is a dead person but for us (Tamils) he is still living in our hearts". 


Philosophical song from Ananda Jothi

MGR's first Term in Office from 1977 to 1980:







Kottaiyele Namathu Kodi Paranthida Vendum (our flag must fly in the fort) - song from Maduraiyai Meeta Sundarapandian

MGR's Second term in Office 1980 to 1984:





After his illness and recuperation, MGR returned to India and took office from 1985 to 1987.

MGR's third term in Office from 1985 to 1987:

In 1985, instead of the Chief Minister, the Finance Minister V.R.Nedunchezhiyan hoisted the flag, and in 1986 MGR hoisted the flag for the last time. And in the year 1987 our beloved Leader Puratchi Thalaivar MGR left for medical check up in August 8th 1987 to New York, US. 


07 August 2017

Netru Indru Nalai

Sri MGR Year 100, 7th August, Monday

Amalraj Pictures hit movie of 1974 Netru Indru Nalai is re-released this week in Mahalakshmi theatre. I took couple of pictures outside the hall. I like to share one which is posted below.


Apart from our beloved Leader Puratchi Thalaivar MGR's double action roles the movie has many political dialogues and mesmerizing songs. In one song "Thambi Naan" MGR's political party's first electoral victory was recorded. Posted below is the MGR's philosophical song hinting on DMK's political atrocities of 70s.


"மக்கள் நலம் மக்கள் நலம் என்றே சொல்லுவார்
தம் மக்கள் நலம் ஒன்றேதான் மனதில் கொள்ளுவார்


வீடுகெல்லாம் வெளிச்சம் போட கொடுத்த பணத்திலே
தாங்கள் வெளிச்சம் போட்டு வாழ்ந்து விட்டார் நகர சபையிலே

ஏழைக்கெல்லாம் வீடு என்று திட்டம் தீட்டினார்
தாங்கள் வாழ்வதற்கு ஊர் பணத்தில் வீடு கட்டினார்"


Video from youtube.

26 July 2017

Adimai Penn 2017 - III

Sri MGR Year 100, 26th July, Wednesday

The digitized Adimai Penn 2017 is running successfully for second week in theatres in Chennai, Salem (Geethalaya 2nd Week) and Tirupur. 

Our Puratchi Thalaivar double action starrer Adimai Penn was released in Nellai, Vellore (Raja), Tiruvannamalai (VBC) and Gudiyatham (Little Lakshmi) this week. Last week the movie was released in 17 theatres in Chennai, 3 in Coimbatore, 4 in Pondicherry and 2 in Salem. The movie is shown as 4 shows in Abirami theatre as combined week. 

(Image forwarded by Yukesh Babu)

This week Madurai fans are excited watching Vengaiyan in action, released in Cini Priya. One of MGR devotee Manohar has forwarded some video clippings and images to share in our blog. Due to time constraint I hereby share one image from the cine hall.

(Image forwarded by Manohar, Madurai)

Some theatre informations are shared by Bangalore Vinod.

18 July 2017

Adimai Penn 2017 - II

Sri MGR Year 100, 18th July, Tuesday

On the 100th year of our beloved Leader Puratchi Thalaivar MGR's birth centenary, many of his movies were digitised and released. Recently Emgeeyar Pictures movie Adimai Penn was digitised and released on 14.7.2017 all over Tamil Nadu. The response was awesome as the picture is sharper and looks new. 


I watched many of the video clippings posted by MGR fans in social media and I was mesmerized on seeing our MGR on screen. How handsome and charming he is. Can't believe that he was 52 years old at that time. Above video clipping is by MGR devotee Sathya captured during the Sunday evening show. 


Devi theatre showing Adimai Penn banner along with other new movies release. Image forwarded by MGR Devotee Yukesh Babu.


Garlands galore! image courtesy MGR Devotee Sathya


Matinee and Evening show of Adimai Penn was full in Sarada theatre, Tirupur. Image forwarded by MGR Devotee Tirupur Ravichandran. 

Adimai Penn was housefull in Chennai on Sunday in following theatres, Luxe, AGS and Devi. 650 seats occupied in Albert. 

A video clipping of Adimai Penn title scene from facebook of Mr.Elangovan.


10 July 2017

Adimai Penn 2017

Sri MGR Year 100, 10th July, Monday

Emgeeyar Pictures and our beloved leader Puratchi Thalaivar MGR's magnum opus movie of 1969, Adimai Penn is been digitally remastered with 4K resolution and is ready to be released this month. "The Rishi Movies" have announced that the movie will be released on July 7th. But the film was not released. 



Above are two lovely ads placed in Daily Thanthi newspaper. The look of MGR is mesmerizing. 

03 July 2017

MGR In Malaysia 1970 - II

Sri MGR Year 100, 3rd July, Monday

Our beloved Leader Puratchi Thalaivar MGR visited Malaysia in 1970 after shooting some scenes in Expo 70 Japan. I have been very fortunate to have access to some of the rare images of MGR visiting Malaysia during the shooting of Ulagam Sutrum Valiban. I like to say that one of my friend Sree Sitharan have shared his treasure with us in 2013 and which was uploaded as 100th post in srimgr.com blog in the year 2013. 

Recently my another friend from Malaysia Govindaraj Arumugam had sent me two images relating to MGR visit in 1970. Images from the Malaysian magazine is given below. 



For the detailed post please click the link below.

MGR In Malaysia - I

29 June 2017

Science Fiction Movie

Sri MGR Year 100, 29th June, Thursday

Science fiction genre is seldom used in Tamil movies and we all know that our beloved Leader Puratchi Thalaivar MGR had acted in one sci-fi movie "Kalai Arasi" which was released in 1963. Nowadays frequently aired though the movie is more than 50 years but still has the entertainment value. 



Below is the review written for "Kalai Arasi" movie in Indian Express newspaper in April 1963. 

Film stories revolving round "doubles" have been quite numerous on the screen. Sarodi pictures "Kalai Arasi" adds one more to that category of pictures.

A social-cum-fantasy, the film is now running to crowded houses at Plaza, Murugan, Mekala and Jayaraj in the city.

The physical resemblance between two women and the complications it creates are treated here more as an off-shoot of the story than being its main plank.

The central character in the story is a young woman (P.Bhanumathi) who is kidnapped by a man from outer space, and is whisked off to a planet in a flying saucer. There she teaches music to the daughter of a space-king and propagates the cultural heritage of South India to the inhabitants in the planet.

Meanwhile, the father of the girl continues his search for her and through his ward meets another insane girl, looking exactly like his own daughter.

Mohan (M.G.Ramachandran) the college-mate of the zamindar's daughter, takes upon himself to find the girl and after over-powering one of the spacemen, air dashes to the planet in the flying saucer. He finds her and works his way to come down to the earth. How the young man overcomes all his obstacles in the planet and how the identity of the two girls is established, form the climax of the film, which is studded with a plethora of synthetic thrills, stunts and chases.

M.N.Nambiar, P.S.Veerappa, N.S.Narayana Pillai, Rajashree, Kumari Saraswathi, G.Shakuntala, S.R.Janaki, C.T.Rajakantham, Kamala and Mohana are the other members of the cast. 

Directed by A.Kasilingam, the film has all the ingredients that make a successful box office production. 

The film is exceptionally good in outdoor and trick photography, for which credit goes to the cinematographer J.G.Vijayam. Music by K.V.Mahadevan is good.

20 June 2017

Shanthi Kalaivanan

Sri MGR Year 100, 20th June, Tuesday

It is disheartening for us when Mr.Kalaivanan called me and informed that his wife Shanthi Kalaivanan, the person behind the construction of MGR temple in Nathamedu, breathed her last today morning. Couple of days back one of MGR devotee Venkat told in spite of her illness she regularly performed early morning pooja to our thalaivar in the temple and also she is the person who decorated MGR's mother idol. 


We srimgr.com team prays for her soul to rest in peace.

18 June 2017

Digital Delight

Sri MGR Year 100, 18th June, Sunday

Many old movies are being digitized and re-released frequently. Couple of years back we observed many of our beloved Leader Puratchi Thalaivar MGR starrer movies such as Nadodi Mannan, Adimai Penn and Ulagam Sutrum Valiban were digitized and released over South India. Recently Rickshawkaran was re-released in digital and DTS format. 

Ad given in Daily Thanthi, Chennai edition

Posters uploaded by MGR Devotee Elangovan

This week 16.6.2017, Oriental Pictures "Ninaithathai Mudipavan" was released in 15 theatres in around Chennai city. The film distributor had given many ads in leading newspapers for this digital delight. The response is good. More news will be published in our blog soon.

One of MGR Devotee Yukesh Babu has forwarded some images to share in our blog.

08 June 2017

Nowadays

Sri MGR Year 100, 8th June, Thursday

Presently, I had an opportunity to watch one program in Vijay TV it is spoof of our Puratchi Thalaivar MGR's scintillating action movie Ayirathil Oruvan, and one of the judges is Baghyaraj.

The centre stage has a ship and in the background a large screen showing some dazzling backgrounds. As a fan I was not satisfied on the portrayal of Manimaran on screen by a boy. One instance, after Manimaran consenting to be a pirate, the boy while leaving the scene calls his comrades as "adimaigale"! (slaves) what? ridiculous isn't it. The whole concept of Manimaran character falls. But considering the age and how well he should known the background of our Thalaivar, we can pardon. The boy tried to imitate the post 1967 tone of MGR, he tried his best in showing MGR antics of Marthandan character from Nadodi Mannan. 

Apart from such mistakes we have to appreciate him for his performance and we have to take into consideration that his parents who are born a couple of decades after that movie, the remarkable image, the embodiment of MGR which imbibed in his young mind. Moreover they have already spoofed many movies and their heros which were all a pure mockery, this one stands apart. As one of the judge mentioned that representing MGR who is God to many is a very dangerous one. 


As part of MGR's centenary celebration MGR starrer 7 movies are re-released in Coimbatore this week the image is given above. The news is shared by MGR Devotee Yukesh Babu.

30 May 2017

A Close Encounter With God

Sri MGR Year 100, 30th May, Tuesday


I have heard many accounts about people meeting MGR, and aftermath. What most of them said on the instant of seeing him is this.

1.     When he/she sees MGR they raise their hands as a gesture of welcoming him.
2.     They forget all their problems, and also they forget where they are.
3.     Some kind of force field works on them, which makes them to move closer to MGR.
4.     The eagerness to touch him arises.
5.     Their happiest moment in their life.

All the above facts resemble something Godly. Most of them reading this blog could say that all the fans or followers in the world will behave like that. But what about others? Who are not his fans and who dislike MGR? What happen when they meet? As a rule the above listed should not happen right? No, you are wrong the above thing happened to them also.



From my experience I came to know what all they say about MGR is true. Even who disliked him say that MGR is like this and that and when their eyes falls on MGR they turn and behave like his followers and when MGR disappears from their view they become normal and start to say that he is like this and that again.

My experience happened when I was 11 years old, 17th May 1984, Thursday the time is 7.30 p.m. unforgettable day for me the day I saw MGR in person. First of all I want to mention that I was not a fan of MGR, like others of same age, I was a fan of Kamalhassan.

Tamil Nadu was having by-election for 4 constituencies, Anna Nagar, Uppilapuram, Mayiladuthurai and Thanjavur (DMK partys fort). ADMK contested in Anna Nagar, Uppilapuram and Mayiladuthurai and the Thanjavur was given to its ally Indira Congress. The election date was 20th May 1984 and results on 21st. MGR was then the Chief Minister, as part of the by-election he was expected to tour the Anna Nagar constituency on 17th May by 4 pm.

The announcement came two days before that MGR will pass through Arumbakkam via Poonamallee High Road now Periyar EVR High Road by 4 p.m. It is summer holidays and like others I was also looking forward to see him. My home is located near the High Road and we have let out some part of the house to a Clinic and a Barber shop. The owners of both shops are staunch DMK party supporters. Time is running on, it is now 7 pm, a 3 long hours of staring the road made me frustrated and lost interest in MGR and started to read a comic book on Phantom.

Slowly and slowly the crowd was increasing on both sides of the road. Now and then I popped my head out to see him. By 7.20 p.m. there was a roar (this sound is much more in decibels when compared to MGR appearing on screen) and I came out to see what's happening, the white van took a right turn and went to a Lane and disappeared. Some of the people left that he won't come back again. But most of them said that MGR never takes a prescribed route, he always changes the plan and that he was very conscious about the surroundings.


By this time two people was holding a very sick guy, entered the clinic he was wearing a shawl, trembling and had much difficulty to get on the stairs. As he was looking very sick he was allowed immediately to see the Doctor, while other patients wait.


By 7.30 p.m. the White Van was coming again on the High Road a small light is fixed on the top with loudspeaker on one side, the top of the Van had an opening so that MGR's half of the body can be seen clearly. First and final I had a glimpse of MGR, he was donned in White Shirt, Fur Cap and Dark Black Glass, his skin tone is Red, no Rose, no kind of Gold, no all combined and shining, I became ecstatic, I was showing a victory sign and jumping, MGR looked at me and smiled, when he passed me, then I looked around and all people had the same feeling. The sick man now has mingled with the crowd and he was shouting, long live MGR. And the Doctor who often ridicules MGR's rule was waving to MGR with a syringe in his left hand. Some of the crowd was trying to stop the van to have more glimpse of him.


The sight of MGR makes a chemical change and people, they act like an energized electron. This is a true incident and I witnessed it.

I have heard lot of stories where one gets a close encounter with MGR. In villages people who have touched MGR will not wash their hands for some days! And there are stories after the function attended by MGR the left over in the Soda bottle used by him was regarded as a venerable thing. The left over soda was mixed with water and distributed to all! The bottle gets a new life. And there is another legendary story that during an election MGR went to a village. The farms they possessed turned a very low harvesting that year, and when MGR came he was asked to walk on the farm believing when his feet touch the soil would bring them a good harvest. That became true the next year they had golden harvest. These things make me feel that MGR is a demi God for the people of Tamil Nadu.

N.B.: Of the four constituencies three was won by ADMK and allies and one Anna Nagar constituency was won by DMK. 

This post is reproduced from srimgr.com, addition of images from my father's friend collection. 

10 May 2017

Doppelganger

Sri MGR Year 100, 10th May, Wednesday

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Some of us might have heard myths about MGR's doppelganger, used during 1970s. My father had a friend who is one of MGR employees, often visits my home and I disliked his demeanor. 

Later my father used to tell me about MGR's adventures in politics and he once said about MGR using a lookalike to outwit his adversaries. Unfortunately I was around 9 years old and I did not took much interest to know more about MGR, and now my father and his friend are no more. 

Below is one image which is not photoshopped or tampered, what is your opinion after viewing this image? 




Same image with full detail along with MGR ? is K.P.Ramakrishnan the photo is shared in our blog by his son R.Govindaraj.




Please provide your answer "Yes" or "No" to replytomgr@live.in

01 May 2017

Labour Day

Sri MGR Year 100, 1st May, Monday


On this Labour day I received some MGR images showing importance of hard work, which are already posted in our MGR blog. One image piqued my interest.

I don't know the person who done this fabulous art work. Your work is very much appreciated.


Today is the 48th year of Emgeeyar Pictures Adimai Penn, recently the movie is digitised, the teaser and some images were released. Above is the new trailer of Adimai Penn 2017. Video uploaded by Tamil Cinema Exclusive. The video gives the impression on their hard work.



Above are some images from Adimai Penn movie, the images are shared in social media. 

21 April 2017

A Flexible and Deadly Blade

Sri MGR Year 100, 21st April, Friday

The urumi or curling blade in English is a type of weapon used in martial arts and its origin is from South India. This weapon is known in Tamil as ‘surul vaal’, as its name suggests, this weapon consists of a metal blade that is wielded like a whip. The surul vaal has often been described as one of the more bizarre martial arts weapon that entire world has seen. It is an extremely dangerous weapon, not only for those whom it is used against, but equally so for its wielder. Thus, this weapon is one that is exceptionally difficult to master.

This urumi or surul vaal was used by our Puratchi Thalaivar MGR for the climax action scene in "Rickshawkaran". After, MGR breaks away from the chains he draws the deadliest weapon from his belt which is the correct way of placing the surul vaal. 


MGR had used two different length weapons to perform this fight scene. One weapon length that MGR uses is nearly 4 feet long with four blades. The action scene lost roughly for two minutes. 


There is no knuckle guard only thumb guard is present for protection of the wielder, MGR has took lot of risk. We all know that Puratchi Thalaivar is well versed in various martial arts this surul vaal technique is taught in final level in Kalaripayattu. Because it is a difficult weapon to use.  


Click the image to enlarge, as I have posted the above images to comprehend how much lengthy weapon MGR uses. While performing this art in the table, MGR uses lengthier one which is roughly 9 feet.


This fight scene is more than enough for us but MGR while swinging the weapon over his shoulders in arcs, performs yet another breathtaking jump over oil barrel. MGR the master in martial arts and master entertainer. 

13 April 2017

Muthaiyan

Sri MGR Year 100, 13th April, Thursday

MGR fan members in Facebook and Mayyam will know who is Muthaiyan. He is one of the MGR fans who had a special talent in uploading Puratchi Thalaivar MGR images from his movies. He had a knack of exhibiting MGR in various themes, as he had experience in audio-visual his images stands apart from other MGR fans. 


It is disheartening to me when I came to know that Muthaiyan from Salem is no more. He passed away on 11th April, 2017. We have lost one hard working guy who carried MGR legacy to the media. We srimgr.com team prays for his soul to rest in peace and our heartfelt condolences to the grieving family. 

Muthaiyan once gave me title cards of most of MGR movies, I took all the colour movie title cards and uploaded in our MGR blog a couple of years back. The images he posted from the video will give a doubt from which movie MGR had given such a pose and a specialist in still images taken during action scenes without jerks. His works include collection of MGR's titles shown in the title card such as Makkal Thilagam, Puratchi Nadigar, Ponmanachemmal and Puratchi Thalaivar from every movie MGR acted, types of glasses he used, MGR in various disguises, uploading MGR smile images, collage of MGR images etc. He used to post in alphabetical order and he used to work late hours, you can still see his posting in mayyam which are uploaded during 2 and 3 am. I want to say about his humour, he posted his bike and named it as "Kadhal Vaganam" remembering one of Thalaivar movie. He is against using water mark in MGR images and he also not wanted to use his name in his shared images. 

His work which I used in our MGR blog


Below are some of his works: (Thousands of images he had uploaded in facebook)


Fight scene from Pallandu Vazhga 

MGR in air from Rickshawkaran

Double action scene from Neerum Neruppum 

MGR running behind a jeep from Pallandu Vazhga

MGR in Anna Nee En Deivam (Avasara Police 100)

MGR and V.N.Janaki in Maruthanatu Ilavarasi

Dance scene from Nam Nadu

Boxing scene MGR and Manohar from Kavalkaran

Collage of MGR titles


Collage work for Maduraiyai Meeta Sundara Pandian

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