In the heart of Puduchery Vijayan Makkal Thilagam MGR is still living.
Kanchikodi Puduchery Vijayan from Kerala is very busy during Makkal Thilagam MGR’s birthday. This year also Makkal Thilagam MGR 92nd Birthday was celebrated in a grand manner.
On the eve of MGR’s birth day Kanchikode Puduchery Vijayan starts to built a temple with vazhapol (using Banana stalk to construct small temple to deities in Kerala) forgetting his sleep. He keeps MGR’s decorated photo with two leaves symbol along with Kuthuvilakku, Nirapara (Bowel with paddy) Pookula (Nerkathir) and with several small lamps. A typical Kerala tradition of honouring the God. MGR birthday function starts grandly by Chendamalam. Vijayan distribute sweets from morning to night.
Washerman by occupation Vijayan is regularly conducting MGR birthday function right from his teenage.
Kanchikode Puduchery Vijayan house name is MGR Nivas and he named his 3 sons as 1.Viju Ramachandran, 2.Viju Ranjith, 3.Viju Raj all from the name of MGR and also the characters of MGR movies the second one is from Ranjith (Ninaithathai Mudipavan) and third from Raj (Ulagam Sutrum Valiban). His wife name is Jothi but he calls her by one of MGR’s heroine name.
On 24th December 1987 on hearing the death of MGR he tried to kill himself but God’s wish his parents saved him. Like many MGR fans he likes MGR because, MGR is the Saviour of the Poor people. He also provides drinking water to the school children of L.P.School in Puduchery (Kerala).
When he reaches home from tiresome work he use to see atleast one MGR movie before going to sleep. His neighbours tell that in his shop he always listen to MGR songs only.
He swears that to his last breath he will follow the foot steps of MGR and he will be helpful to others.
Published in Mathrubhumi Malayalam daily dated 19.1.2009.