2013 in review

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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MGR In Malaysia 1970

Sri MGR Year 96, 30th November, Saturday

MGR Devotee Sree Sitharan has forwarded all these images to be shared in our MGR Blog. In this juncture I thank him for his kindness. A little about the person Late Mr.Lem who is an amateur photographer, took these images and he had given this to his son Chin Kon Lem, who is fortunately our Sree Sitharan’s Chinese friend. There were 26 photos only these lasted to this day. We srimgr.com team thanks MGR Devotee Sree Sitharan for preserving this timeless treasure.

 

Puratchi Thalaivar MGR visited Malaysia on behalf of the shooting for his movie Emgeeyar Pictures Ulagam Sutrum Vaaliban, Malaysian Tamil people gave a grand welcome to our Leader. He also attended the function organized by Shaw Brothers who were Tamil movie distributors and who had already distributed MGR first directorial venture movie Nadodi Mannan.

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The above images are captured in Stadium Merdeka (Independence Stadium) Malaysia.

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Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr.P.Ramlee also known as the Icon of Malay entertainment and Famous Malaysian actor attended the function he is seen seated in between Asokan and MGR (left image) and in the right 2nd image you can see him smiling with our MGR.

 

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Solo still of Late Actress Manjula and to the right is Nagesh, MGR and P.Ramlee.

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The same image showing full VIPs who are seated in the dais. The 2nd left image might be captured in Federal Hotel, Malaysia, as told by his friend. Image to the right is the Vazhthu madal given to MGR on 20.10.1970 during the function.

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The above image is from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, which appears during the duet song “Lily malaruku kondattam”. The colour image is added by us (thanks to Sailesh Basu).

2012 in review

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4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 16,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals

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Chennai Theaters

Sri MGR Year 95, 16th December, Sunday

Below is the detailed list of MGR movies released in Chennai theaters during the first release.

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The list shows only Hero acted movies of MGR which comes to 115. For the past two months the list is checked for errors. But I am not sure this list is 100 percent correct. Senior MGR fans are requested to check this list for any corrections.

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The break up details will follow soon.

Year

Name of the Movie

Theatres

No. of Centers

1947 Rajakumari Star

Roxy

Crown

3

1948 Mohini Gaiety

Saraswathy

Prabath

3

1950 Maruthanattu Ilavarasi Sagar

Sayani

2

1950 Manthiri Kumari Paragon

Broadway

Rajakumari

3

1951 Marma Yogi Chitra

Prabath

Rajakumari

3

1951 Sarvathikari Sagar

Saraswathy

Broadway

3

1952 Andaman Kaithi Chitra

Sri Krishna

Lakshmi

3

1952 Kumari Chitra

Prabath

Saraswathy

3

1952 En Thangai Chitra

Broadway

Saraswathy

3

1953 Nam Chitra

Sri Krishna

Rajakumari

3

1953 Panakari Paragon

Prabath

Rajakumari

3

1953 Jenovah Paragon

Prabath

Kamadhenu

Lakshmi

4

1954 Malai Kallan Casino

Prabath

Saraswathy

3

1954 Kundukili Paragon

Rajakumari

Maharani

Uma

4

1955 Kulabaghavali Gaiety

Krishna

Uma

Rajakumari

4

1956 Alibabavum 40 Thirudargalum Chitra

Saraswathy

Prabath

3

1956 Madurai Veeran Chitra

Saraswathy

Prabath

Kamadhenu

4

1956 Thaiku Pin Tharam Chitra

Krishna

Uma

3

1957 Chakravarthy Thirumagal Chitra

Krishna

Mahalakshmi

Kamadhenu

4

1957 Rajarajan Midland

Maharani

Rajakumari

Mahalakshmi

4

1957 Puthumaipithan Midland

Krishna

Rajakumari

Uma

4

1957 Mahadevi Srikrishna

Wellington

Sayani

Uma

Rajakumari

5

1958 Nadodi Mannan Paragon

Srikrishna

Uma

3

1959 Thai Magalukku Katiya Thali Paragon

Srikrishna

Uma

3

1960 Baghdad Thirudan Paragon

Srikrishna

Uma

3

1960 Rajadesingh Wellington

Srikrishna

Uma

Liberty

4

1960 Mannathi Mannan Paragon

Prabath

Saraswathy

3

1961 Arasilangkumari Wellington

Prabath

Saraswathy

3

1961 Thirudathae

 

Plaza

Bharath

Mahalakshmi

3

1961 Sabash Mapillai Plaza

Bharath

Mahalakshmi

Ram

4

1961 Nallavan Vazhvan Plaza

Bharath

Mahalakshmi

3

1961 Thai Sollai Thatathae Plaza

Bharath

Mahalakshmi

3

1962 Rani Samyugdha Gaiety

Bhuvaneswari

Brighton

Liberty

4

1962 Madapura Plaza

Bharath

Mahalakshmi

Liberty

4

1962 Thayai Katha Thanaiyan Plaza

Bharath

Mahalakshmi

3

1962 Kudumba Thalaivan Plaza

Mekala

Bharath

3

1962 Pasam Paragon

Mahalakshmi

Maharani

3

1962 Vikramadityan Chitra

Prabath

Ram

Bhuvaneswari

4

1963 Panathottam Plaza

Mekala

Crown

3

1963 Koduthu vaithaval Casino

Maharani

Bhuvaneswari

3

1963 Dharmam Thalaikakum Chitra

Prabath

Saraswathy

3

1963 Kalai Arasi Plaza

Mekala

Murugan

Jayaraj

4

1963 Periya Idathu Penn Chitra

Crown

Mahalakshmi

3

1963 Anandha Jothi Paragon

Sri Murugan

Mekala

Thangam

4

1963 Neethiku Pin Pasam Chitra

Crown

Mekala

3

1963 Kanchi Thalaivan Chitra

Broadway

Bhuvaneswari

3

1963 Parisu Mekala

Plaza

Crown

Srinivasa

4

1964 Vettaikaran Chitra

Mekala

Broadway

3

1964 En Kadamai Plaza

Bhuvaneswari

Crown

Srinivasa

4

1964 Panakara Kudumbam Broadway

Mekala

Chitra

3

1964 Deiva Thai Plaza

Crown

Bhuvaneswari

3

1964 Thozhilali Chitra

Broadway

Mekala

3

1964 Padagotti Plaza

Crown

Bhuvaneswari

3

1964 Thayin Madiyil Chitra

Mahalakshmi

Bharath

Srinivasa

Thangam

5

1965 Enga Veetu Pillai Casino

Mekala

Broadway

3

1965 Panam Padaithavan Plaza

Crown

Mahalakshmi

3

1965 Ayirathil Oruvan Midland

Sri Krishna

Mekala

3

1965 Kalangarai Vilakam Wellington

Murugan

Roxy

Srinivasa

3

1965 Kanni Thai Sapphire

Ashok

Sayani

Brighton

4

1965 Thazhampoo Paragon

Maharaja

Natraj

Krishnaveni

4

1965 Asai Mugam Paragon

Prabath

Saraswathy

Noorjahan

4

1966 Anbay Vaa Casino

Sri Krishna

Mekala

3

1966 Nan Aanai Ittal Midland

Broadway

Uma

Srinivasa

4

1966 Mugarasi Gaiety

Prabath

Saraswathy

3

1966 Nadodi Plaza

Broadway

Uma

3

1966 Chandrodayam Mekala

Gaiety

Bharath

Srinivasa

4

1966 Thali Baghyam Plaza

Prabath

Mekala

Noorjahan

4

1966 Thani Piravi Wellington

Prabath

Sayani

3

1966 Parakum Pavai Paragon

Mekala

Sri Krishna

3

1966 Petral Than Pillaiya Star

Maharani

Noorjahan

3

1967 Thaiku Thalaimagan Wellington

Broadway

Roxy

Liberty

4

1967 Arasakattalai Paragon

Sayani

Maharaja

Srinivasa

4

1967 Kavalkaran Globe

Agasthiya

Mekala

Noorjahan

4

1967 Vivasahi Star

Srikrishna

Krishnaveni

Bhuvaneswari

4

1967 Ragasiya Police 115 Plaza

Agasthiya

Mekala

Srinivasa

Globe

5

1968 Ther Thiruvizha Wellington

Mahalakshmi

Maharaja

Noorjahan

4

1968 Kudieruntha kovil Globe

Srikrishna

Bhuvaneswari

3

1968 Kannan En Kadalan Star

Prabath

Mekala

Noorjahan

4

1968 Puthiya Bhoomi Globe

Srikrishna

Mekala

Noorjahan

4

1968 Kanavan Globe

Srikrishna

Mekala

Srinivasa

4

1968 Oli Vilakku Broadway

Mahalakshmi

Midland

Noorjahan

Agasthiya

5

1968 Kadal Vaghanam Globe

Srikrishna

Saravana

Srinivasa

4

1969 Adimai Penn Midland

Sri Krishna

Mekala

Noorjahan

4

1969 Nam Nadu Chitra

Sri Krishna

Saravana

Srinivasa

4

1970 Mattukara Velan Plaza

Broadway

Krishnaveni

Sayani

4

1970 En Annan Midland

Krishna

Mekala

Noorjahan

4

1970 Thedi Vantha Mapillai Paragon

Agasthiya

Saravana

Noorjahan

4

1970 Thalaivan Globe

Maharaja

Saravana

Noorjahan

4

1970 Engal Thangam Broadway

Chitra

Mekala

Noorjahan

4

1971 Kumari Kottam Globe

Broadway

Mahalakshmi

3

1971 Rickshawkaran Srikrishna

Devi Paradise

Saravana

3

1971 Neerum Nerupum Devi Paradise

Srikrishna

Mekala

3

1971 Oru Thai Makkal Plaza

Maharani

Mahalakshmi

Noorjahan

4

1972 Sangay Muzhangu Wellington

Srikrishna

Saravana

Kamala

4

1972 Nalla Neram Chitra

Mekala

Maharani

Ram

4

1972 Raman Thediya Seethai Midland

Srikrishna

Saravana

3

1972 Nan En Piranthan Globe

Srikrishna

Saravana

Palaniappa

4

1972 Ithaya Veenai Globe

Sri Krishna

Mahalakshmi

Rajakumari

4

1972 Annamitta Kai Plaza

Prabath

Saravana

Liberty

4

1973 Ulagam Sutrum Valiban Devi Paradise

Agasthiya

Uma

3

1973 Pattikattu Ponniah Globe

Maharani

Palaniappa

Saravana

4

1974 Netru Indru Naalai Plaza

Maharani

Sayani

Krishnaveni

4

1974 Urimaikural Odeon

Maharani

Uma

Noorjahan

4

1974 Sirithuvazhavendum Plaza

Srikrishna

Mahalakshmi

Krishnaveni

4

1975 Ninaithathai Mudipavan Devi Paradise

Agasthiya

Uma

3

1975 Nalai Namathey Odeon

Pandian

Rajakumari

Muralikrishna

4

1975 Ithayakani Sathyam

Maharani

Uma

Kamala

4

1975 Pallandu Vazhga Devi Paradise

Agasthiya

Saravana

3

1976 Neethiku Thalaivanangu Devikala

Maharani

Uma

Krishnaveni

Odeon

5

1976 Uzhaikum Karangal Srikrishna

Santham

Uma

Kamala

4

1976 Uruku Uzhaipavan Maharani

Abirami

Pilot

Kamala

4

1977 Navarathinam Wellington

Maharani

Abirami

Ram

4

1977 Indru Pol Endrum Vazhga Devi Paradise

Maharani

Uma

3

1977 Meenava Nanban Devi Paradise

Agasthiya

Uma

Kamala

4

1978 Madurai Meeta Sundarapandian Devi

Devi Paradise

Agasthiya

Uma

Kamala

5

Re-Release Baghdad Thirudan II

Sri MGR Year 95, 14th June, Thursday

 

Southern Movies Baghdad Thirudan was re-released this week in Coimbatore Royal. This same news was posted already in our MGR blog.

 

MGR Devotee Tirupur Ravichandran has sent the images captured by Olikirathu Urimaikural Photographer Senthil to share in our MGR Blog.

 

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The above images were taken during evening show on 10th June 2012 in Royal Theater Coimbatore.

 

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Section of the crowd entering the theater. In the previous post we had published image with section of crowd for Enga Veetu Pillai re-release in Royal Theater and some one literally counted that image and published it in internet as these are the only persons who watched MGR movie. Here is another chance for him to count and publish.

 

The below image shows the section of the crowd watching or rather enjoying our beloved Leader Puratchi Thalaivar MGR’s mesmerizing performance on screen.

 

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srimgr.com team conveys their regards to Senthil.

A Request For Nadigar Thilagam Fan

Sri MGR Year 95, 8th June, Friday

When some one from Nadigar Thilagam fan base wrote a poem about Karnan successful re-release, and in the poem he has indecently wrote about Puratchi Thalaivar MGR, MGR fans started to write comment about the re-release of Karnan in the srimgr.com site.

Seeing this a Nadigar Thilagam fan who comes in the name of Saradhi, Amudhan, Unami vilambi, Sowrirajan, Sathyasai, Sivakumar, Adapaavingala, Arun, Politics_since60s etc. all are the same person wrote comments and replies. I can judge because apparently every comment was published from 1st May 2012 from 10.45 am onwards. I do not got that much traffic on that day to my site for this innumerable comments. All the comments arise from one location, I am spending nearly 1 to 2 hours everyday checking the traffic pattern of my site through webstat and Google analytics. So it is not difficult for me to correlate how many persons or person has given this comment.

I have been writing MGR blog from 2005 and I know how many people will comment, for what and why they comment. The above said name was logged on to our srimgr.com site on 1st May 2012 from 10.45 am and the same person was giving comments till 5 pm, the whole office hour, but it is not a working day. And he thinks that I am idiot, below are some of the comments that he has written.

ithayakani

ithayakani_collection

A MGR fan has given comment that Ithayakani movie has generated 50 lakhs as tax, here he asks the published proof, when other MGR fan gives the published proof he says that this was published by us! he wants the proof from thinathanthi, dinamani etc. I know the above was given in a daily definitely not in thinathanthi, at the time MGR and Adhithinar are not in good terms.

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The above was given to notify the different names he used, watch the date and time of comment.

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He further states that to defeat Karnan release MGR movies were released weekly. How intelligent he is. I have been posting how many MGR movies were re-released every year from 2007. I am asking him how many Nadigar Thilagam movies were released during 2007 to 2012 and do you think to counter his movies, 40 to 45 MGR movies were released every year in Chennai alone, and you think MGR movies were only re-released because of Nadigar Thilagam movie release? And he says that family crowd is only for Nadigar Thilagam! do you think MGR movies are adults only?

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Here is another move by him, he feels that MGR fans are from cheri that is downtrodden people. He, in another name Sathyan, a name given by his subconscious mind, that Karnan is running in Sathayam theater that time, copy pasted an article written by Gopalan Ravindran in blogs.wide journal. org. He feels that I will be mortified by saying that “Do you think this group will ever understand your diction..? They will take this to all universities to understand the meaning of what you have written !”. Ok Sir, do you know what Gopal Ravindran has written?

For your kind information I have been writing this blog not for persons who majored in English Literature and my Blog subject is not English literature, my readers are MGR Fans, some are less educated, who have some knowledge of English language, operating the computer and watching internet. This I should keep in mind and use simple words to make them understand what I am trying to say.

If you feel my writing is not standard why do you visit? Am I giving any money for your visit? or did I beg your self to pay a visit?

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Another genius question by him.

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His knowledge of Puratchi Thalaivar MGR and Nadigar Thilagam are limited you can understand how well he knows about Nadigar Thilagam.

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Here in the above comment he says that our beloved Leader MGR is a person to be prosecuted under section 420. And further states that Rajiv Gandhi was killed by MGR’s attitude.

And another comment which clearly states his knowledge about MGR. He says that Chandrababu who directed Maadi Veetu Ezhai and became pauper? and Chandrababu set fire to the negative of the movie.

Sir do you know this fact, when was the movie maadi veetu ezhai was produced? After 1964 MGR gave chance to Chandrababu to act in Parakum Paavai, a meaty role in Adimai penn all this happened after Maadi Veetu Ezhai incident. About the fire part, he might have gone through a book written by Vijayan titled MGR Kathai there Vijayan mentions that MGR did not give proper call sheet to Gemini S.S.Vasan for Olivilakku and S.S.Vasan asked his assistant to go to Ramapuram gardens and ask the call sheet if MGR did not answer rightly, throw the negatives and burn it in front of his house. And MGR gave call sheet and completed Oli Vilakku. This is what Vijayan has written in MGR Kathai, the commenter has gone through this and related to Chandrababu incident. His attitude clearly states that he is half baked in his views.

Please do not write if you do not know about Puratchi Thalaivar MGR. Write about Nadigar Thilagam properly, if you have doubt ask your senior Nadigar Thilagam fans who know quite well about his movies and politics.

There is a saying.

Nobody knows how much or how little one knows until he starts talking (writing).

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In the above comment he has given a reply for Professor Selvakumar about the election result of Nadigar Thilagam. Read and understand how childish his reply.

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In the above comment he has challenged MGR Fans to release and break Karnan Records. Why we should do? and he thinks that MGR Fans are the persons re-releasing MGR movies from 1978 to till date.

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The pinnacle of his comment, he mentions that we MGR Fans preferred Jayalalitha rather than Janaki Ramachandran. Are you ok Sir, do you think the votes garnered by Jayalalitha comes only from MGR Fans? even MGR votes are people vote, they did not look MGR as Actor. Some people not liked his movies but voted for him. Ask senior Nadigar Thilagam Fans if you have doubt.

Finally I want to say to him is, I am writing about MGR only, glorifying him, and not about Nadigar Thilagam Sir. And at the same time if you Sir like to see articles about degrading MGR, you are looking at the wrong site, just Google, I am assuring you Sir. So please do not waste your precious time by reading the junk written by downtrodden people.

Behind The BBC Interview

Sri MGR Year 95, 17th May, Thursday

 

The first time I heard the crystal clear voice of our beloved Leader Puratchi Thalaivar MGR was the BBC Tamil Oosai interview he had given to Mr.Krishnamurthy in London and the same was published in our MGR Blog during September 23rd 2009.

 

I do not have enough information like where the interview took place and the exact date of the interview like wise. Till date the interview was heard by 238418 people in youtube. The same was copied by others and posted and it also made some staggering hundred hits per day.

 

Recently Mr.Ramesh sent me a message on seeing the interview of MGR and told me that he had been in tears on hearing the interviewer’s voice, because he is the son of Mr.Krishnamurthy, the interviewer, who worked in BBC Tamil Oosai as a freelance contributor in the late 1950s, then became Head of the BBC World Service Tamil Section in the 1960s, and after that contributed again on a freelance basis, until he sadly passed away in February 1974.

 

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Ramesh asked me to forward the whole 17-minute MGR – Krishnamurthy Interview, and I emailed him with one condition not to pass this on the internet. Because I have not posted the second part so far and I am working on it. And Mr.Ramesh has sent some pictures to share in our MGR blog. One photo is MGR speaking with other members of BBC Tamil Oosai in the BBC Bush House, Strand, London, WC2B 4PH, where World Service (including Tamil Section) was housed. The place where the interview took place.

 

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Mr.Krishnamurthy came to London in 1951, and his family moved on to United Kingdom in 1953. Mr.Ramesh lived in Chennai (Madras, as many people called it in those days) from 1959 to 1961 and that time he watched some Tamil and many Hindi movies with his cousins, but he cannot remember which MGR movies he saw. He also came to India again in 1973 and returned in 1974 a week before his father’s death.

 

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Here comes the date part. I am not sure exactly when this interview was recorded. I have mentioned that on returning from the Moscow Film Festival MGR had been interviewed and I safely put the date to 1974. But Mr.Ramesh informed me that his father has left this earth in early Feb 1974. And we know that the Moscow film festival was held on 10th to 23rd July 1973. Fortunately, Mr.Ramesh has sent me the BBC Bush House office photo, where a Tamil Calendar showing July 1973 can be seen hanging behind MGR. that gives us the exact month, so the interview should be July 1973 and the date? It should be after 23rd July. Since both MGR and Mr.Krishnamurthy are no more and we still cannot get the exact date of this interview, but only Actress Latha can.

 

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Mr.Ramesh further told me that he cannot understand the interview in detail because he remembers only a little Tamil from his childhood. He did study Tamil later, during 1978-80 with Dr John Marr at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), London University, but that was only Classical (Sangam) Tamil poetry.

 

For persons who thinks that this photo of MGR and Krishnamurthy (Tamil Calendar behind) must be in Tamil Nadu.

(Please see:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-radio-and-tv-17198031

which states that World Service was in Bush House from 1940 to 2012.

Anyone who worked in the World Service would recognize that the office

in the photo was in Bush House)

 

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Ramesh has given me 3 more photos of his father, one taken in the BBC Bush House Studio, one with 2 kathakali performers in London, and one with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Michael Ramsey.

 

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Ramesh was working as a University Lecturer until he retired last year, and now he is an amateur actor.

 

The above post was corrected by Ramesh.

 

More about Ramesh

http://www1.aston.ac.uk/lss/staff/krishnamurthyr/

And his career history below

http://www.btinternet.com/~ramesh28/

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