Sri MGR Year 93, 20th December, Monday
MGR debut movie Sathileelavathi was released on 28.3.1936, the movie was started in the year 1935. The movie which stared M.K.Radha, M.G.Chakrapani, MGR, N.S.Krishnan, T.S.Balaiah, many of the stars debut movie was Sathileelavathi. Directed by Ellis R.Duncan, the story was written by Gemini S.S.Vasan.
The story was already enacted as Drama and at first MGR was promised for a meaty role. In his biography “Nan Enn Piranthen” MGR has mentioned in a detailed manner how he got the chance to act in the movie. First he was selected to act as M.K.Radha’s friend, then it was changed to Villain, then to henchmen and lastly he was given the role as an Inspector named as Rangiah Naidu.
The first shot he acted was riding a bicycle, though under his Mother’s patronage and strictness MGR did not know how to ride a bicycle, when he was asked that he know to ride a cycle, he said yes without hesitation and he practiced cycling.
A clipping from the movie and MGR riding a cycle was telecasted in Doordarshan during early 1980s. So far young MGR Devotees and young MGR Fans did not have chance to see the movie.