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Vettaikaran Golden Jubilee

Golden Jubilee Padagotti

10 February 2009

Rare Images of MGR

Screen shot for the movie Rajakumari

This image is the screen test for MGR for the movie “Rajakumari” his first Hero acted movie which was released in 1947.


A photo from the movie “Sri Murugan” the movie gave fame for MGR for his Siva Thandavam. After MGR became the Chief Minister he searched for the print. The original negative and positive were lost in a fire accident. What is left in the movie is the photos only. Look closely you can see the catwalk and focus light. MGR dances with Malathi.


The Indian Government in end of 1950s increased the tax on import of raw film which all the members of Cinema Industry protested. This was the protest done under the Leadership of MGR by the South Indian Actors Association. In the foreground from left to right is S.S.Rajendran, MGR and Gemini Ganesan, background the speaker is Sivaji Ganesan.


In 1958 MGR when acting in a drama in Sirghazi met with an accident. This is very rare image, look how bulky MGR looks after the accident. To the right of MGR is B.R.S. MGR’s family doctor and to his left is Thirupathisamy.


This is from outdoor shooting of Padagotti. Near to MGR is Director of the movie Prakash Rao.


This image is from the song book of the movie. In those days the production company also comes out with the song book. This one is from Saravana films.


This is the disguise MGR used in the movie Padagotti. Resembles Periyar in this get up.


Enga Veetu Pillai was a mega hit movie of MGR. The victory function was celebrated in most of the theatres. This was taken during MGR, Saroja Devi and Rathna’s visit to Royal theatre.


This is from the song book of Enga Veetu Pillai. We have most of the song books released by various Production houses but we don't have MGR Pictures Ulagam Sutrum Valiban. The song book was released in the shape of Earth. Those who have it please forward the image.


AVM’s Anbay Vaa was shot mostly in Simla and some scenes in Tamil Nadu Hill station. This photo is the shot for MGR to rescue T.R.Ramachandran from a wild horse. Look behind MGR lots of people watching the shooting.


This is the outdoor scene for the movie Rickshawkaran. The rickshaw race was shot in and around Anna Nagar. It was hot and humid Madras and the crowd was uncontrollable. My father was in the crowd too (not in this photo).


MGR with a Japanese child taken in Expo 70, Osaka. V.N.Janaki accompanied MGR with other actors for the movie Emgeeyar Pictures Ulagam Sutrum Valiban.


Asokan’s Amalraj pictures produced “Netru Indru Nallai”. This was during the pooja of the movie. Extreme right Asokan, P.Neelakandan the director, the person next to MGR is not known . Anybody knowing him please forward the name of the person.


This photo was taken during the release of Pallandu Vazhga in Srilanka Raja Theatre. This photo is specially forwarded to MGR Fans by David from France.


This photo is taken during the rehearsal of a song.


MGR and NTR, the two Chief Ministers from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh respectively. Taken during a Telugu film. Look closely both are sweating and MGR’s shirt is sticking to his body. Year of the photo unknown.


MGR being taken from the plane and rushed to Down State Medical centre in Brooklyn. Only person I can name was Palani G.Periyasamy. Who paid $10,000 to admit MGR in that hospital.


This photo is taken during a Government function. Where Chief Minister MGR stretches a bow.


Last year this 50 feet banner was kept in centre of Chennai. MGR head joined over Keanu Reeves body from the movie matrix.

Images are forwarded by B.S.Raju, Editor Urimai Kural, David from France, Venkatesan - Hardware Merchant, MGR Devotees Sathya and Yukesh Babu.


Anonymous said...

Brilliant artist in India I have never seen a actor as MGR because until his death He was act as a hero role. his every film he gives us a good message to people.

I am a MGR fan ,Ravi Sri Lanka

ravi said...

Brilliant artist in India I have never seen a actor as MGR because until his death He was act as a hero role. his every film he gives us a good message to people.

I am a MGR fan ,Ravi Sri Lanka

reymondjackson said...


sangeetha said...

MGR - One thing I don't understand how cum he attracts all standard of people? he is really ..
Puratchi thalaivar, Ponmanachemmal, Puratchi Nadigar, Vathiyar, Makkal theelagam, Bharath Ratna.

One should be very proud have / had
MGR in Tamil Nadu.

Are you a magician to hit these lines well in advance on the screen

" Evar pola yar endru oor solla vendum" - Edhu varikum yarumellai

" Mundrazthul en mooch erukkum"

"Ayeeram kaikal marraithu nendralum aadavan maraivathillai"

Ayeeram per kalai ulagathukum / arasiyalukum vantalum / sendrallum ungalai nangal neenakkamal eeruka povathillai"


Great Sir...
Honoring you with Solute.....

Find a Persons Address said...

maybe he is a man born to attract lived and died that way captivating, and mesmerizing the audience to a standstill.

Roop said...

Thanks for your comments.

Sankaravelyudhan Nandakumar Nandakumar said...

Palm print analysis of MGR:
Fate line starting from Venus mount indicating his early sufferings. Square palm with gradual drooping curve towards lunar mount his extraordinary practical application of his imaginary temperament.His second shift of fateline from brain line towards sun mount indicating his later name and fame after 38 the year. With the flirtation temperament indicated by heartline he could not have resisted this feeling. At 1958 from 40th year a change of destiny was indicated, the fateline turning towards sun mount indicating his shooting popularity. Those drooping heart line indicating the death of his wife at an early stage.
Commenting on the tile Nadodi Mannan, MGR is said to have confessed that if the movie profited, he would be a King (Mannan); if it flopped, he would be a homeless nomad (Nadodi). The movie was some years in the making. All dedicated members of MGR’s entourage were put to work night and day on the project. K. Ramnoth was appointed to direct this movie, but upon his sudden demise on 4 October 1956, MGR had taken up the direction responsibilities. The latter portions depicting the happenings in the island were shot in colour. Having experienced poverty personally during his young days and forfeiting the opportunity to have a formal education, MGR would see to it that at least one song in his movie had some educational value to the average man.
MGR along with his wife V.N.Janaki used to visit one Mukkuvula (situated near Prarashala,Kerala) Joshyar and an ESP powered man who predicted that he will be a King of Kings in his future days.
Former Chief Minister of Tamilnadu M.G. Ramachandran who was a cine actor too, was a very popular person. I was eager to know if in his case a Naadi-prediction had been made. She told me about that too. InitiallyM.G.R did not believe in astrology. But later in his old age, when he losthis power of speech, he was foretold that because of public insistence he would have to be the leader, even if he was weak. He would be required togo abroad for treatment. When the predictions proved true, he also believed in Naadi astrology. He was warned not to visit Meenakshi Temple, since hewon’t return! That warning was ignored, because some senior centralleaders were to visit there on some mission and as Chief Minister out of protocol formalities M.G.R. had to go there, and later on he died”
I remember one more incident” she said, “when M.G.R. died”. Whilesome Naadi-reading was underway, I was there as a witness. I was told,“Remember dear daughter, one very firm prediction. There will be rains in Tamilnadu the next day causing a flood”! I did not believe that at that time.Because meteorologists had not predicted any rains on the next day. (since the cyclone hits the eastern shores many a time, there is an alarm system inthe region.)

CelebsWikis said...

very nice post

rosaiah said...

படங்கள் மீது டைட்டில் வேண்டாமே

Roop said...

Rosaiah sir I have not posted my name over MGR's face or body it is the blog dedicated to our MGR which is

M.G.R. Blog to you via E mail

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