Sri MGR Year 98, 13th June, Saturday
Padmini pictures Ayirathil Oruvan nears 50th year coming July. The people who have worked in the project still alive are four (to my knowledge) one is the heroine of the movie Jayalalitha is now the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, second who have acted along with our beloved Leader Puratchi Thalaivar MGR is K.P.Ramakrishnan he is very well known as the personal body guard for MGR. Third is the music director M.S.Viswanathan (music rendered by duo Viswanathan and Ramamurthy, unfortunately that was the last movie they worked together). Fourth is the playback singer P.Sushila.
K.P.Ramakrishnan in Dinamalar Deepavali malar issue dated 22.10.2014 have narrated some of the important incidents from the shooting of Ayirathil Oruvan. His son Govindaraj had written in Dinamalar issue and has forwarded the full scanned page of Ayirathil Oruvan to me to share in it our MGR Blog srimgr.com, click the image below to read.
K.P.Ramakrishnan starts from how the producer and director B.R.Panthalu thought about approaching our Puratchi Thalaivar for the project and also gives some insight into the making of two ships (caravan type) which was used in the movie.
He also tells about the hardships they had encountered during the shooting spot in Garware, Goa and ocean scenes which were shot 15 kilometers from the shores. MGR’s thoughts during the Hindi agitation and how his mentor adviced MGR to stay away from the protest.
Another important part is how Puratchi Thalaivar MGR saved the crews, which should be read and to be understood that how much MGR cared and alert he was.