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30 January 2015

King Of Kings MGR

Sri MGR Year 98, 30th January, Friday

On the eve of our Puratchi Thalaivar MGR birthday Vijay TV telecasted a special programme titled Mannathi Mannan MGR (King of Kings MGR). MGR fans and devotees participated in the programme apart from the VIPs. The show was beautifully presented and the set looked like from a MGR movie.

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The programme was hosted by Gopinath. The special program started with MGR’s speech about Makkal Atchi recorded for election speech in Doordarshan during 1977 period. The speech itself impacted the MGR devotees, the core subject of that speech provoked tears to many.

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A part of the crowd who participated in the special programme.

The program was shot for 5 hours and edited to one hour and thirty minutes. As aptly Gopinath mentions in the end that this is only one slice of the Legend.

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The program was hosted with chief guest such as B.R.Panthalu’s daughter B.R.Vijayalakshmi, Devar Films Thiyagarajan, Vellore Institute of Technology Founder and Chancellor Viswanathan, Sathya Bhama University MD Maria alias Azhagu Nila, Music Director Sankar Ganesh, Actor Mohan Ram, Director Karu Palaniappan, IAS – Gnana Rajasekaran and Ithayakani Editor Vijayan.

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All the chief guests narrated from their life about our Puratchi Thalaivar humane nature the soul stirring incidents told by B.R.Vijayalakshmi and Sankar Ganesh took the limelight. Most of the participants and the chief guests mentioned MGR as God.

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Music Director (Sankar) Ganesh emotionally points to MGR image telling the audience that MGR saved his life after the bomb blast and feel that Mannathi Mannan MGR is GOD.

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A MGR devotee narrating the incident that happened to her for taking cinema ticket for Mattukara Velan. Needless to say many persons shed their tears.

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MGR Devotee Kalaivanan who constructed MGR temple in Nathamedu.

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Professor and Aeronautical HOD Ilangovan, M Tech Gold medalist, telling Gopinath how MGR helped the people of Danushkodi aftermath of the super cyclone. And also pointed out that those days MGR fans very termed as illiterate people and he wished to change it.

During the end they showed rare black and white video clippings some are given below it has MGR returning to Tamil Nadu after receiving Bharath Award, MGR in the Assembly, MGR with press reporters, MGR with NTR, MGR with the then President of India Gyani Zail Singh etc.

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To know more about Mannathi Mannan MGR Video, click the below image.

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Due to demand and more comments in youtube Vijay TV (view count to this day 58,023) again telecasted with small change on January 26th.

24 January 2015

V.S.Raghavan

Sri MGR Year 98, 24th January, Saturday

Veteran Tamil film actor V.S.Raghavan aged 90, passed away today in a private hospital. Fondly remembered as one of the great character artist of Tamil movie who possessed unique dialogue delivery and mannerism breathed his last today. We srimgr.com team expresses their heartfelt condolences to his family and may his soul rest in peace.

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The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu MGR, presenting the Devar Award in a cinema function to V.S.Raghavan.

V.S.Raghavan first appeared with our Puratchi Thalaivar movie in Olivilakku as a Police Officer. Later he was cast again as a Police Officer in Engal Thangam. His notable roles with MGR are, foster Father in Sangay Muzhangu, again foster father in Nalai Namathey, Villain in Pallandu Vazhga, strict and disciplined father in Neethiku Thalaivanangu, as Father-in-law in Urimaikural, police informer in Sirithu Vazha Vendum, as a trusted Minister in Maduraiyai Meeta Sundarapandian and a small role but aids to lift MGR image in Uzhaikum Karangal.

During 1970s period V.S.Raghavan has acted in most of Thalaivar movies. In October 2014 in an interview to Indian Express he quotes “Once, I was part of almost every MGR film”.

First time in srimgr.com download of video clips.

Click here to download the interview of V.S.Raghavan.

22 January 2015

April In January

Sri MGR Year 98, 22nd January, Thursday

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One of my friend purchased a new mobile phone on checking the software's installed I happened to see Box TV. After logging into Box TV, I found our Puratchi Thalaivar MGR movie listed along with other language movies.

As a pleasant surprise the movie list showed Sri Murugan (1946) an image of our Thalaivar dancing with Malathy. I clicked the link quickly and found the below image.

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It showed the synopsis of the movie Sri Murugan and it is given below.

Sri Murugan

Tamil | Drama | 2:15:16

Director : M.Somasundaram

Description : Bangalore based stage and screen star Honnappa Bhagavathar replaced M.K.Thyagaraja Bhagavathar, the first superstar of South Indian Cinema in Sri Murugan of 1946. Sri Murugan is the beautiful God who is the son of Shiva and Parvati and the brother of Ganesha, the elephant God. Lord Murugan has many names. Subramanium, Karthikeyan, Skandan, Saravanan etc.

MGR fans very well know that this movie negative has been lost due to fire accident. And MGR tried for the print when he was the Chief Minister. In this Sri Murugan movie MGR acted as Lord Shiva and did a good performance which gave an opportunity for him to act as a Hero in the next movie Rajakumari.

On seeing the synopsis I clicked the play button with great enthusiasm, my mind was thinking how to capture the movie and how to show this to our fellow MGR followers, the link continued to show an ad after the ad the titles were in Malayalam language, showing in black and white, Merryland Trivandrum presents Sri Murugan. From the letters I guessed it is Gemini Ganesan how come Gemini Ganesan played a role with MGR, I thought maybe as it is rare movie people should have not known the fact, watched the title fully and the scene continued to show Gemini Ganesan entering the frame in Lord Shiva costume and his physique looked like from a 70s movie.

Came to know that this is a Malayalam movie Sree Murugan and not the Tamil version that MGR had acted. Now you can understand why I gave the title April In January how they had fooled us by showing the MGR image for a Malayalam movie. Checked with youtube and found it is a colour movie.

17 January 2015

Happy Birthday

Sri MGR Year 98, 17th January, Saturday

Today is our beloved Leader Puratchi Thalaivar MGR’s 98th birthday. As usual most of the TV channels telecasted (or telecasting) MGR movies and songs.

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Below is image file from Daily Thanthi digital edition showing MGR movie timings.

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The movies that are telecasted:

Channel Name

Movie Name

Time

Jaya TV Vivasahi 10 am
Raj TV Ulagam Sutrum Vaaliban 10 am
Raj TV Adimai Penn 1.30 pm
Raj TV Mattukara Velan 9 pm
Raj Digital Plus Nalla Neram 10 am
Raj Digital Plus Kudieruntha Kovil 3.30 pm
Raj Digital Plus Ragasiya Police 115 8 pm
Vasanth TV Vivasahi 2 pm

And the ad given by Government of Tamil Nadu.

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