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27 March 2015

Panam Padaithavan 50th Year

Sri MGR Year 98, 27th March, Friday

pp_gold Today 27.3.2015 is the Golden Jubilee year of Panam Padaithavan movie. Produced and directed by T.R.Ramanna this family drama movie is star studded with our Puratchi Thalaivar in the lead, K.R.Vijaya and Sowcar Janaki as the heroines, Nagesh as MGR’s brother, T.S.Balaiah as his father. Dialogues by Sakthi T.K.Krishnasamy, stunts by R.N.Nambiyar, cherography for the song Paruvathil Konjam and Kan pona pokkile by Joseph Krishna, songs Antha Maapillai and Pavazha kodiyile by Thangappan, camera M.K.Rehman.


MGR throwing a javelin


Shot put throwing scene


Getting ready on the tracks

This movie was released during the successful run, full and full entertainment flick Enga Veetu Pillai and it is succeeded by the super hit movie Ayirathil Oruvan. Unfortunately Panam Padaithavan having good family story, top notch performances and memorable songs was over shadowed by mega movies Enga Veetu Pillai and Ayirathil Oruvan.


Panam Padaithavan 50th day ad

Cast and Character

            Artist Name        Character Name
MGR Raja
K.R.Vijaya Shanthi
Sowcar Janaki Rema
Nagesh Balu
T.S.Balaiah Shanmuga Pillai
Geethanjali Uma
S.A.Asokan Kuppan
R.S.Manohar Joker
A.K.Veerasamy Masilamani


To the left is Geethanjali (Uma), Nagesh (Balu), MGR (Raja), Sowcar Janaki (Rema) and R.M.Sethupathy.


Raja (MGR) is an athlete he goes with his brother Balu (Nagesh) to Calcutta (now Kolkata) to participate in an athletic meet. On his way his car accidentally knocks a drunkard, Masilamani (father of K.R.Vijaya) and Raja takes him to his house. There Raja meets Shanthi (K.R.Vijaya), she thanks him, love at first sight. 

During the competition Raja and Balu befriended by Rema’s father. He ask them to stay with him. Rema who is an ultra modern girl (Sowcar Janaki) likes Raja, Balu likes her sister Uma (Geethanjali).


MGR_Sowcar   MGR_harmonics

Her father wanted his daughters to marry brothers of the same family, so that they can live together. As Raja did not wish to marry Rema, rejects the offer, dejected Balu becomes a drunkard. Then Raja scarifies his love for his brother.


Raja (MGR) getting to ready to fight and save his brother

During the marriage Rema comes to know the fact that Raja is in love with Shanthi and that he is unwillingly marrying her. On that night Shanthi tries to suicide by jumping from Howrah bridge but she was saved. Masilamani phones Raja and informs the message, Raja leaves the house to see Shanthi and to console her, which Rema dislikes.


Raja (MGR) getting the promise from Shanthi (K.R.Vijaya) not in the image

Raja meets Shanthi in the hospital and gets promise from her that she will not do this act again. When he returns home Rema questions him and as a revenge, the next day he makes her friend Joker (Manohar) to call her, Raja takes the phone call, voluntarily Rema answers the call and tells him a lie that her friend is hospitalized and she needs to see.

As planned Rema meets Joker in the Boat Club, she understands that leaving the house in late hours and visiting Joker is not a revenge. Joker tries to molest her, Raja enters and tries to save her, but Joker shoots and kills Rema and later Joker was arrested by the Police.


Rema (Sowcar Janaki) wounded says sorry for her deeds


Raja (MGR) writing letter from the battlefield


Raja was depressed by the loss of his wife he joins the Army and goes to battle field. He frequently writes letters to his family. Raja gets wounded in action and was discharged from the service. Raja returns home and his brother gets the consent from Shanthi to get married with Raja.


Raja (MGR) firing his SVT 40 rifle

Shanmuga Pillai (Raja’s father) who first was interested in the marriage proposal asks to stop the marriage as Shanthi’s father Masilamani is from  a lower caste. Raja’s mother explains that Masilamani is from a lower caste loved Shanmuga Pillai’s sister (Aunt of Raja) married and she died giving birth to a child then Masilamani with his child went to Calcutta. Raja (in a dark shirt like Periyar EVR) speaks the evil of caste system and wants to marry Shanthi even if the world is against him.


To the left is MGR speaking about the evil of caste system and to the right is a scene about his marriage idea.

The marriage takes place with small hurdles caused by Kuppan the henchmen of Shanmuga Pillai. Raja gets work as a physical instructor. Months roll by and Shanthi becomes pregnant.


Balu is always pestered by Shanmuga Pillai that he need grand children. Balu hatches a plan and gets the promise of Shanthi that she will help to unite the family. As per the plan Uma acts as she is pregnant and returns to Calcutta. Shanthi gives birth to a son. Now Uma and Balu return and ask the favour of lending their son so that he can live in Shanmuga pillai house. With hesitation she gives the child. Raja comes to know this later and scolds Shanthi for her deeds.

Shanmuga Pillai was captivated by the grand son presence in his house. But Masilamani wanted to unite Raja and Shanthi goes to Shanmuga Pillai and asks the child to return, now Shanmuga Pillai comes to know that the parent is Raja & Shanthi he then gives back the child to Masilamani.


Raja (MGR) and his wife Shanthi (K.R.Vijaya) welcoming Shanmuga Pillai (T.S.Balaiah) not in the picture before the climax

Due to the love for his grand son Shanmuga Pillai next morning goes to Raja’s house and ask to return but comes to know that the child and Masilamani are missing since yesterday. He gets a letter from Kuppan about the ransom for the grand son return. Raja and Shanmuga Pillai meets Kuppan, then Raja confronts Kuppan and saves his son. Finally the family gets united.


All the songs of Panam Padaithavan are penned by Vali, music by Viswanathan Ramamurthy.

No. Songs Characters
1 Paruvathil Konjam MGR, Sowcar Janaki and K.R.Vijaya
2 Kan Pona Pokkile MGR (Philosophical song)
3 Antha Maapillai MGR, K.R.Vijaya (Duet)
4 Than Uyir K.R.Vijaya
5 Pavazha Kodiyile MGR, K.R.Vijaya (Duet)
6 Enakoru Magan MGR (Philosophical song)
7 Manicka Thottil MGR, K.R.Vijaya


Yenakoru Magan


MGR and K.R.Vijaya as Shajahan and Mumtaz for the song Pavazha Kodiyile

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Paruvathil Konjam song

Of all the songs I personally like Kan pona pokile, Yenakoro magan and the duet song Pavazha kodiyile.

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“Kan Pona Pokile”

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“Pavazha Kodiyile”

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“Yenakoru Magan”

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“Antha Maapillai”

18 March 2015


Sri MGR Year 98, 18th March, Wednesday

Plagiarism is the wrongful appropriation, stealing and publication of another author's language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions and the representation of them as one's own original work. (from Wikipedia)

Whenever I have to use somebody’s work like images, articles etc. in MGR blog I give their name or the appropriate web address. But our blog article are often stolen and published in other web portals. In 2008 I happened to see our images such as Adimai Penn was used by Indian Express website no credit was given to our website. Then I started to use the water mark over the images.

Next video works and audio works were copied and used by other people (for monetary purpose) in youtube as well, one such example is the BBC interview, MGR election speech and song from unreleased Puratchi Thalaivar MGR movie Velu Devan.

ao_cover   sample page

Ayirathil Oruvan 175th day special edition and to your right is my article (sample page)


Last page of the article

During March 2014 when the digital version of Ayirathil Oruvan was released, the editor of Urimaikural B.S.Raj expressed his wish that I have to write an elaborate article about Ayirathil Oruvan in Tamil, that time my leg was fractured and was bed ridden. With that pain I wrote the article without accepting any consideration. The 20 page article is the cover story of the magazine, and it was published in the Special Edition of Ayirathil Oruvan and released on 1st September 2014, in Kamaraj Arangam, Chennai. The editor has given me due credit by giving my name and as well as our MGR blog address. (Images above)

Couple of days before I happened to see the Ayirathil Oruvan analysis was copied and used by Dina Ethal authored by Chiranjeevi Anish article titled “Endrum Vazhgirar MGR” dt.10.3.2015. Below is the article published by them. No credit was given either to our MGR blog, or Urimaikural magazine.


Thumb nail view of Dina Ethal epaper dated 10.3.2015.


Click the above image to read, the red blocked is the sample page which I had uploaded above.

11 March 2015

MGR In Poland

Sri MGR Year 98, 11th March, Wednesday

Through social media I was introduced to Mr.Czarnotta of Poland, who also writes articles for Wikipedia in Polish language. His main article is about Indian Cinema. After formal introduction he forwarded some books written in Polish. The books are:

1. Nie tylko Bollywood

2. Konflikt I przemoc w systemie politycznym niepodległych Indii

3. Indie - nowa azjatycka potęga

Konflikt-i-przemoc  Nie-tylko-Bollywood 


He told that after reading these books he was fascinated by MGR and Indian Cinema. Mr.Czarnotta started to write articles in Polish language for Wikipedia.


Mr.Bartosz Czarnotta, Poland



Above is the scanned images from the book titled Nie tylko Bollywood. Published in Kraków in 2009; about MGR mentioned article "Przemoc, nacjonalizm, tańce i wzruszenia. Kollywood - tamilski przemysł filmowy by Małgorzata Straszewska"; MGR is mentioned on page 425, 429-430, 432-436, 442, 472.

He further said that our MGR blog is the main resource for his MGR Wikipedia writing. He is now doing Master Thesis on Political Influences of South Indian Actors and he had forwarded some of his thesis paper.

In Poland MGR is the short form for Magister that is Master. One of our MGR titles is Vathiyar (Master or Teacher). See the coincidence!

07 March 2015

MGR Watch Seiko

Sri MGR Year 98, 7th March, Saturday


This is the continuation to the post of watches used by MGR, we have already posted couple of articles regarding the watch, this post is the most famous watch of MGR, Seiko 5 Speed-Timer.

MGR_seiko_7017   MGR_seiko_7017_2

In almost all posters or wall drawings we can see MGR with this watch. Predominantly used from 1971 to 1984. Our Puratchi Thalaivar MGR used this watch in one scene in Meenava Nanban movie.


MGR in two different costumes from the unfinished movie “Vellikizhamai” (1972)


Unfinished movie produced by Venus Pictures, MGR wearing Seiko 5 Speed-Timer watch.


MGR in a press meet year 1974, photo courtesy S.S.Ramakrishnan, Madurai


Chief Minister MGR 1977

MGR after taking up the post of Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, MGR wearing Seiko Speedtimer 7017 series watch. First photo to be taken after MGR becoming the Chief Minister, photo by R.N.Nagarajrao.


From the movie Meenava Nanban (1977)

Close up view of MGR’s Seiko 5 Speed-Timer series watch.


Photo courtesy Kumar Rajendran.

A little information about this watch, manufactured by Seiko, Japan, Seiko 5 Speed-Timer 7017-6020 Flyback chronograph, release date February 1971.First time date/day single window was included into the watch. The bracelet of MGR watch is custom designed.

Previous post about MGR used watch Swiss made “Vulcain” click the image below.


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