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21 April 2017

A Flexible and Deadly Blade

Sri MGR Year 100, 21st April, Friday

The urumi or curling blade in English is a type of weapon used in martial arts and its origin is from South India. This weapon is known in Tamil as ‘surul vaal’, as its name suggests, this weapon consists of a metal blade that is wielded like a whip. The surul vaal has often been described as one of the more bizarre martial arts weapon that entire world has seen. It is an extremely dangerous weapon, not only for those whom it is used against, but equally so for its wielder. Thus, this weapon is one that is exceptionally difficult to master.

This urumi or surul vaal was used by our Puratchi Thalaivar MGR for the climax action scene in "Rickshawkaran". After, MGR breaks away from the chains he draws the deadliest weapon from his belt which is the correct way of placing the surul vaal. 


MGR had used two different length weapons to perform this fight scene. One weapon length that MGR uses is nearly 4 feet long with four blades. The action scene lost roughly for two minutes. 


There is no knuckle guard only thumb guard is present for protection of the wielder, MGR has took lot of risk. We all know that Puratchi Thalaivar is well versed in various martial arts this surul vaal technique is taught in final level in Kalaripayattu. Because it is a difficult weapon to use.  


Click the image to enlarge, as I have posted the above images to comprehend how much lengthy weapon MGR uses. While performing this art in the table, MGR uses lengthier one which is roughly 9 feet.


This fight scene is more than enough for us but MGR while swinging the weapon over his shoulders in arcs, performs yet another breathtaking jump over oil barrel. MGR the master in martial arts and master entertainer. 

13 April 2017

Muthaiyan

Sri MGR Year 100, 13th April, Thursday

MGR fan members in Facebook and Mayyam will know who is Muthaiyan. He is one of the MGR fans who had a special talent in uploading Puratchi Thalaivar MGR images from his movies. He had a knack of exhibiting MGR in various themes, as he had experience in audio-visual his images stands apart from other MGR fans. 


It is disheartening to me when I came to know that Muthaiyan from Salem is no more. He passed away on 11th April, 2017. We have lost one hard working guy who carried MGR legacy to the media. We srimgr.com team prays for his soul to rest in peace and our heartfelt condolences to the grieving family. 

Muthaiyan once gave me title cards of most of MGR movies, I took all the colour movie title cards and uploaded in our MGR blog a couple of years back. The images he posted from the video will give a doubt from which movie MGR had given such a pose and a specialist in still images taken during action scenes without jerks. His works include collection of MGR's titles shown in the title card such as Makkal Thilagam, Puratchi Nadigar, Ponmanachemmal and Puratchi Thalaivar from every movie MGR acted, types of glasses he used, MGR in various disguises, uploading MGR smile images, collage of MGR images etc. He used to post in alphabetical order and he used to work late hours, you can still see his posting in mayyam which are uploaded during 2 and 3 am. I want to say about his humour, he posted his bike and named it as "Kadhal Vaganam" remembering one of Thalaivar movie. He is against using water mark in MGR images and he also not wanted to use his name in his shared images. 

His work which I used in our MGR blog


Below are some of his works: (Thousands of images he had uploaded in facebook)


Fight scene from Pallandu Vazhga 

MGR in air from Rickshawkaran

Double action scene from Neerum Neruppum 

MGR running behind a jeep from Pallandu Vazhga

MGR in Anna Nee En Deivam (Avasara Police 100)

MGR and V.N.Janaki in Maruthanatu Ilavarasi

Dance scene from Nam Nadu

Boxing scene MGR and Manohar from Kavalkaran

Collage of MGR titles


Collage work for Maduraiyai Meeta Sundara Pandian

02 April 2017

School

Sri MGR Year 100, 2nd April, Sunday

Not only MGR fans, most of the world knows that MGR is the first person who always comes forward to provide a helping hand whenever the situation arises. We know many instances to quote. Most of his help are gone unnoticed. One such incident came to our notice couple of weeks back. 


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Recently Daily Thanthi paper published one article, that a school building was demolished in Uthukottai and the old students of the school shed tears. Article further states that the people visited MGR in 1954 for donation to construct new classrooms. MGR assured that he will conduct drama in Uthukottai and the collection can be used to construct new classrooms. 
"What people hoped is a small donation but instead MGR has given more than what they expected".
As promised MGR came to Uthukottai in 1955 and staged two dramas and generously gifted his collection. By 1956, 6 new classrooms were constructed and they named it after MGR. 

Now the building which is more than 60 years old and in dilapidated condition, the concerned authority demolished it and the old students remembered their memories with tinge of sadness to the Newspaper.

12 March 2017

Second Week

Sri MGR Year 100, 12th March, Sunday

Old theatres in and around Chennai are the heaven for the distributors for re-releasing old movies and particularly Puratchi Thalaivar MGR movies. And one such theatre is Mahalakshmi. Couple of years back theatre management converted old system of showing movies into DTS and Qube format. And from then on Mahalakshmi theatre was showing new movies. 


"Ayirathil Oruvan"  Second Week Poster

I have to get past the theatre daily for my work and I use to see that every week a new movie been released in this theatre. And to my knowledge I have not seen that movie for a second week run. Last week Divya Films have released "Ayirathil Oruvan" as 3 shows on the eve of Jayalalithaa's birthday. And the Sunday evening show was houseful! Lots of images and videos were uploaded and shared by MGR fans in social media. 

Due to the huge response from the fans, "Ayirathil Oruvan" movie is now screened for the second week. It is unprecedented for a Di, DTS movie release in Mahalakshmi to see a second week run. Mr.Chockalingam of Divya Films have forwarded the second week poster to share in our MGR blog. 

10 March 2017

MGR Blog Subscribers

Sri MGR Year 100, 10th March, Friday


For the past two years I am seeing MGR fans and blog readers subscribing to mgrroop.wordpress.com, for them I have to inform that, I am not publishing any new posts in this particular blog. All the posts are been published in srimgr.com and it is regularly updated.

So please, who have subscribed to wordpress blog are asked to subscribe in srimgr.com. Thank you for your continued support.

04 March 2017

Tamil Captain Blood

Sri MGR Year 100, 4th March, Saturday

Rafael Sabatini's novel "Captain Blood", in my opinion the best on screen version, our Puratchi Thalaivar MGR starrer, digitised motion picture with colour corrected and one of Divya Films proud production "Ayirathil Oruvan" is released in Mahalakshmi theatre this week on the eve of Jayalalithaa's birthday celebration. 





Above are the ad images given in print media and as well as in Facebook. We thank Mr.Chockalingam of Divya Films on releasing the cult classic movie.

22 February 2017

The Hindu

Sri MGR Year 100, 22nd February, Wednesday

The Hindu Tamil daily continuously wrote about our Puratchi Thalaivar MGR for the centenary celebration. They shared the authoritative and rare information which were already published in many books and magazines. 


Later they published it as a book titled "MGR 100 Kaalathai Vendra Kaviya Thalaivar". Above is the cover of that book with a mesmerizing MGR image done by A.P.Sridhar. 

"The Hindu Tamil's tribute to M.G.Ramachandran, MGR 100, has sold more than 5,000 copies in less than a month of its launch on January 26. The Hindu Tamil ran a 100 day series titled MGR 100 on the eve of his centenary focussing on the many attributes of the actor-politician who founded the AIADMK.

This series that recalled his colourful legacy in an interesting way received an overwhelming response from the readers. The successful series was then compiled into a book, which again was a huge hit among readers.

A second print order of 5,000 copies of the book had also been placed, and have had a great response. The Hindu now plans to go for a third print of the book, which is priced at Rs.200".

Above article is reproduced from the newspaper.

12 February 2017

What Happened In January 1967?

Sri MGR Year 100, 11th February, Sunday

This post was scheduled to be published on 12.1.2017 on the 50th year. Due to unavoidable circumstances it was delayed. Many of us know the historical significance of this day, the incident and the aftermath became a catalyst for our beloved Leader's mentor party to attain the status of ruling party of Tamil Nadu. 


To the right is the poster showing MGR with neck cast, asking people to vote for "Rising Sun" (the election symbol of DMK)


Rare photo of MGR in Government General Hospital

January 12th 1967, afternoon, after attending the election campaign, MGR came back to his house for the lunch. On that fateful day, one of his villain actors, M.R.Radha accompanying with Vasu (producer of Petral than pillaiya?) visited Ramavaram garden to talk about the new project. While conversing with Vasu, MGR heard a bang on his left ear. He saw M.R.Radha pointing the gun, blood was oozing out, MGR tried to stop the blood flow and felt dizzy, he staggered and reached his car and motioned his driver to take him to hospital. 

And what happened next? how MGR dealt with the incident? how MGR felt about the results of the general election? all these are given below by his personal bodyguard K.P.Ramakrishnan. He was with our beloved leader MGR when he was convalescing in Government General Hospital.

Click the above image to enlarge.

The above article is published in Agni Malargal, September 2016 issue, the article is shared by the sub editor of Agni Malargal and son of K.P.Ramakrishnan, R.Govindaraj. 

26 January 2017

Vadavannur

Sri MGR Year 100, 26th January, Thursday

One of my friend Methil Rajan have posted images of Vadavannur house constructed by our MGR. I requested him to send me all the images for re-posting in our MGR blog. He kindly did. From his own words. 


It is located at the place called Vadavanur which is 24 KM from Palakkaad city. It is on the route of Palakkad-Kollengode. 



The image to the right shows the Malayalam sign board mentions "Kerala Sarkar Samugiya Nithi Vagupu Samyojitha Sisu Vihasana Sevana Pathathi" in English it is Integrated Child Development Services of Kerala Government

On Thalaivar's 100th birthday morning 8-30, I went to that place and found the outside small gate is locked and the neighbours told me that it is now Anganvaadi run by Vadavanur Panchayath and it will be opened by 9-30 am.  So I waited there for an hour.  One lady teacher Ms.Rajini came and opened at about 9-30 am. She started cleaning the premises. 


Left image shows poorly maintained backside of the house

She said the legal heirs of this property left it and no one is there to look after this house.So Vadavanur Panchayath took over this small old house and made it as Anganvaadi.  There were some items like old furniture's which were kept in a room under lock and custody of Vadavanur panchaayath and the rest of the place is used for Anganvaadi.


The right image is the Well showing the stone carving 'Sathyavilasam' done by MGR 

It is in a pathetic condition, low maintenance. They are only doing cleaning work and if require some minor repair work.  One small photo of our thalaivar is there in that hall. And back side of the house there is a big well in that Sathyavilasam is written in Malayalam. 

That teacher told me to see the well and asked me to cautious going there because lot of snakes are there since it is not maintained properly".

Ente Vadavannur: 

The people of Vadavannur have celebrated our beloved Leader Puratchi Thalaivar MGR's 100th birth day in grand manner. The Malayalam daily "Mathrubhumi" have published the news about the function. 


Mathrubhumi Newspaper showing Vadavannur house and AMMUP School with wall painting of MGR

MGR's mural painting on the wall of AMMUP School, Vadavannur was opened on 17.1.2017 and they have proposed an idea for construction of MGR memorial museum.

Mural painting of MGR

17 January 2017

100th Birthday

Sri MGR Year 100, 17th January, Tuesday

Today 17.1.2017 is the Centenary year of our beloved Leader Puratchi Thalaivar MGR. The world is celebrating his birthday in a grand manner. The Government of Tamil Nadu has announced 17th January as a holiday to commemorate our Thalaivar's centenary. We srimgr.com team thanks the Chief Minister O.Pannerselvam for his gesture and also writing letter to the Central Government to issue commemorative coin and special postal stamp on the birth centenary of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MGR.

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As this a special day for us, we have published a post as a tribute to our MGR. His story, born 1917 in Kandy, Sri Lanka came to India at the age of 2, left school at the age of 7, joined a drama troupe for living, then entering Cinema in 1936, becoming Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in 1977 and leaving this earth in 1987, it is not an end, still his legacy is kept alive by his fans all over the world. Still his movies are re-released every week all over Tamil Nadu, still his movies are re worked for digital formats and released, still his movies are telecasted in every TV channels. And still his presence is felt in media such as Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp. MGR had attained demi God status when he was alive, revered and respected by people, today his fans have constructed a temple, worshipped not only by his fans but also common people from other religion. All these were achieved by MGR not only through his charismatic appeal, dialogue delivery and philosophical songs in movies but mainly because of his benevolent heart commanded him to do service to people through his humane nature and philanthropy. We will never see such a person in our time and we are very fortunate to have lived in his times. His legacy will continue for hundreds of years and some of us will be fortunate to witness our Thalaivar continuing legacy in future.

It is very difficult to write all the important events into ten paras, I have tried my best. Some of the events are given shortly as they have been dealt already extensively in our blog.

1917-1926

Young MGR

1917 to 1926 : Born as fifth in family of Gopala Menon, Sathyabama couple on 17th January 1917, Kandy, Sri Lanka (then it was known as Ceylon). Lost his father at the tender age of 2. The family moved to India and they find difficult to live as the relatives abandoned them. They moved to Kumbakonam, MGR joined school along with brother M.G.Chakrapani. Poverty gripped them, MGR left his education and went to act in Boys drama. Under the tutelage of Kali N.Ratnam for acting, MGR grasped and toned his talents in acting and martial arts.

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The images above are, to the right MGR’s first movie Sathileelavathi and to the left his last movie Maduraiyai Meeta Sundarapandian

1927 to 1936 : MGR raises in his position in dramas, lead part were given to him. And also in this time his adolescence hindered his voice useless for the lead roles. It was a time when talking movies ruled the roost. MGR and his brother with help of M.K.Radha’s father entered the cinema world. MGR was cast as  Inspector in his first movie "Sathi Leelavathi".

1937 to 1946 : We can assume from his biography that this period is the worst period in his life. MGR had very little chance to prove his mettle. At this time MGR was married to Thangamani, as it was war period and poverty, Thangamani left Madras and went to her parents. There she died after child birth and unfortunately the child was still born. MGR was very much affected by this blow. His mother Sathyabama and brother M.G.Chakrapani consoled him. Later he married to Sadanandavathi and to the end of 1946 MGR's future shined for the first time.

family 

MGR in front of his Mother’s Temple and to the right MGR with his brother M.G.Chakrapani

1947 to 1956 : MGR's first movie as a hero was released in 1947 before India got Independence. His charismatic face beautiful physique helped him to grab action movies. MGR lost his mother in 1952. Slowly MGR movies started to turn super hits he was called by Tamil Cinema industry as Minimum Guarantee Ramachandran which later turned into Maximum Guarantee Ramachandran. MGR whose heart always wanted to help the poor understood the fact that to extend the reach he needed another platform, Politics. Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam under the leadership of Peraringnar Anna was making news his ideologies attracted MGR. He joined the party in 1952. Later in his movies Dravidian ideology echoed in the movies by way of the MGR character, dialogues and songs.

1957-1966(2)  1957-1966

Left image shows MGR's letter to his fans through Pesum Padam magazine while recuperating from his leg fracture

1957 to 1966 : MGR entered into an costly experiment for that he produced and directed his dream movie "Nadodi Mannan" which was a super hit in box office. After a huge success MGR while enacting a fight scene in a drama in Sirgazhi on 16.6.1959,his leg was fractured. It took 6 months to heal, then the talk was MGR cannot do action movies. He worked tirelessly and returned to cinema and started to give many more hits with shift from period movies to social oriented acrion movies. His character and his formulas in movies exalted him a position which others envy of. His character which are do gooder and chivalrous impacted the commons, his movies such as Padagotti, Ayirathil Oruvan exhibited the low life of people and how one leader can change their life. Through his movie and songs MGR always showed the positive energy which give strength and vitality required for downtrodden people.

films  1967-1976

1967 to 1976 : MGR's position and his need for Tamil Nadu was clearly known to the world by shooting incident that happened in 12.1.1967. His dharma saved him, MGR's photo with bandaged neck pulled the people in election towards DMK. Peraringnar Anna elected as the Chief Minister and MGR was given a post equivalent to Minister. In very short time his mentor died and a power vacuum formed, MGR supported Kalaignar Karunanidhi for the post, later MGR became the treasurer of DMK and Karunanidhi as the Leader and Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. In 1971 MGR's block buster hit movie Rickshawkaran was released and this movie made him to get the Bharath award for the best actor in Indian movies. Difference of opinion mounted between MGR and Karunanidhi and over the corrupt rule of DMK. MGR asked accounts of every DMK members on 10th October 1972. MGR was ousted from the party, people came out and thronged his house and the studio, MGR toured all over the state and came to accept people's decision to form a political party "Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam" on 17.10.1972. Within six months his party faced a Parliament election for Dindugal. His party won with staggering vote difference. MGR movies had to face hurdles from the ruling party, his very own produced and directed movie “Ulagam Sutrum Valiban” was released on 11th May 1973 amidst considerable resistance from DMK rule. The theatres were threatened if they release the movies, some withheld but most stood on side with MGR. The movie was a mega hit, the collection was unparallel in history. Both politics and movies MGR reigned supreme. In 1976 DMK rule was dismissed based on the charges of corruption.

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A 1959 painting showing MGR as a charioteer and another photo taken during the 1967 election showing MGR with bandaged neck

1977 to 1986 : The year 1977, MGR called as Puratchi Nadigar became Puratchi Thalaivar emerging as the winner of 1977 elections and forming Government. MGR became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu first in the Indian history an actor holding a highest post of a State. MGR introduced many policies to improve the life of downtrodden. Adversaries political back play, MGR's rule was dismissed in 1980. Again he was elected by people of Tamil Nadu as their Chief Minister. MGR introduced free current to farmers and poor and expanded the free meal to all the school children as Nutritious meal, so as to increase the enrolment, attendance and to improve the nutritional level of school going children. This policy was mocked by many political pundits and parties of those days, later this policy was praised in UN and many States in India started to follow. MGR's health condition affected and by October first week he was hospitalised. MGR was taken to United States of America for treatment. After the demise of Indira Gandhi election was announced for Parliament and Tamil Nadu, ADMk took this opportunity. With prayers of many thousands and his dharma saved him again. And the election result was massive success for ADMK amidst DMK and Karunanidhi's campaign that MGR is dead.

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1987 to 1996 : With declining health MGR looked and cared for Tamil Nadu and Tamil people. When there is a beginning there is also an end, and our beloved MGR died on 24.12.1987. MGR was awarded the highest civilan award Bharath Ratna in 1988 posthumously. His party was split and faced the election. A very long waiting Karunanidhi, DMK captured power. ADMK was united under Jayalalitha. In 1991 ADMK came to power and in the middle of 1996 DMK came to power. There is non stop MGR movie re-releases.

1997 to 2006 : With MGR's vote bank envied by other parties Jayalalitha came back in 2001 and by 2006 DMK with Congress formed Government. As usual MGR movies were re-released all over the State, subsequently his Emgeeyar Pictures 3 titles, Nadodi Mannan, Adimai Penn and Ulagam Sutrum Valiban were released in digital formats.

2007 to 2016 : The vote bank was again used by other parties, Jayalalitha secured the confidence of MGR fans and faced the election in 2011 and 2016, ADMK was a ruling party. The 1965 classic hit Ayirathil Oruvan was digitised and released all over Tamil Nadu. On MGR's centenary year the party formed by MGR is still the ruling party after the demise of Jayalalitha. Some of his fans one who thronged the theatres understood the principles of MGR and constructed a temple and made MGR as their God.

The images were from my MGR fan friends. Your comments can be mailed to replytomgr@live.in

13 January 2017

Pride Of Tamil Cinema

Sri MGR Year 99, 13th January, Friday






In 40th year of Chennai Book Fair, I went to several stalls in search of Thalaivar books. One stall "Pure Cinema" attracted me and I went in. A book was showcased, titled "Pride of Tamil Cinema" written by Dhananjayan Govind.

The printed book cost is Rs.1,500/- and the same book in kindle edition is sold at Rs.1,234/- (link for kindle edition: Click here) The book has covered over 202 films from 1931 to 2013. 

Since it talks about Tamil films the book has covered some of our beloved Leader Puratchi Thalaivar MGR movies. The print quality, description and images are very good. On page 89, the book has mentioned about  the movie "Marmayogi" in two pages. And I found that the image is from our website as they have not removed the water mark.





Inserted image is the review of "Marmayogi" movie. Click the above page.

09 January 2017

Return to Sixteen

Sri MGR Year 99, 9th January, Monday

Only 18 posts were published by me in MGR blog in 2016. I thought the readership will get reduced as there is no new post. Contrary to my belief, I was astonished to see a huge increase in readership, with less number of posts the readership has increased 4 times. 



The posts with more than 1000 plus unique visitors are:


2. King of Boxing (In memory of Boxing Legend Md.Ali)









The posts with more than 900 plus unique visitors are:


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The posts with 800 plus unique visitors are:



All the above are linked to the appropriate posts. We srimgr.com team thanks the readers for their support and suggestions.

01 January 2017

2017

Sri MGR Year 99, 1st January, Sunday

The year 2017 is our beloved Leader Puratchi Thalaivar MGR’s Centenary year. We have some plans to publish a special article for the 100th birth day.

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In this day we, srimgr.com team wishes the MGR blog reader a very Happy New Year 2017.

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