Sri MGR Year 97, 18th October, Saturday
Many years back we conducted a poll in our MGR blog, asking the readers to choose which villain is best suited for MGR movies. Most of them selected Nambiyar and S.A.Asokan secured second place. Today we will be posting about our beloved Leader Puratchi Thalaivar MGR and Asokan combination.
Asokan got an opportunity to act along with MGR in Baghdad Thirudan (1960) as one of the Hench men of main villain and the last movie with MGR is Ninaithathai Mudipavan (1975) as a Police Officer. He also produced one MGR movie Amalraj Pictures “Netru Indru Naalai” and acted as a Villain.
In the above image JB (MGR) and Geetha (Sarojadevi) shocked by Sekar’s (Asokan) withdrawing from marriage and congratulates JB as he is the luckiest person in the World in Anbay Vaa (1966).
Most of the movies Asokan portrayed in negative role, sometimes he acts as MGR’s elder brother in couple of movies, even though he acted as a lawyer and good character he will be opposing MGR as in Neethiku Pin Pasam.
In the above image Durai (MGR) enquires about Alavandhar’s (Asokan) visit to Municipal office in Nam Nadu (1969).
Asokan’s memorable roles as Villain to MGR and still remembered by MGR fans are:
Sengodan in Adimai Penn
Professor Bhairavan in Ulagam Sutrum Vaaliban
Pulikesi in Kanchi Thalaivan
Baba (MGR’s father) in Deiva Thai
Boss in Olivilakku
Alavandhar in Nam Nadu
Kailasam in Rickshawkaran, he does not get a single punch from MGR though Asokan was the baddy in the entire movie.
Marthadhan in Neerum Nerupum
Manager Natarajan in Sangay Muzhangu
In the above image Professor Bhairavan (Asokan) comes out of the airport with Vimala (Manjula) in Ulagam Sutrum Valiban (1973).
His other supporting character roles in MGR movies that are worth mentioning are:
Sekar in Anbay Vaa, Dharmalingam (MGR’s Father-in-law) in Nalla Neram, Nambirajan in Ragasiya Police 115, Rathinam (MGR Father) in Thanipiravi etc.
Asokan had the opportunity to act as villain in two Emgeeyar Pictures movie Adimai Penn and Ulagam Sutrum Vaaliban, the same record is held by Nambiyar (Nadodi Mannan and Ulagam Sutrum Vaaliban).
Asokan acted as elder brother to MGR in many movies, his facial expression and tone when he calls MGR as “Thambi” (brother) looks like a real brother calling, such emotional scenes can be watched in Thazhampoo, Neethiku Pin Pasam, Thaiku Thalai Magan.
A scene from Ulagam Sutrum Vaaliban, watch from 13.40 onwards one of the best scene for MGR and Asokan combination, starts from Kamakura Buddha Temple in Japan to hide out of Professor Bhairavan.