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27 November 2016

Headlines Yesterday

Sri MGR Year 99, 27th November, Sunday

My father’s friend, an octogenarian is a hardcore Puratchi Thalaivar fan. Earlier he had lot of newspaper collections which I had seen in my school days. I visited him couple of months back and he showed me some of the newspaper headlines of those days. Unfortunately the time had spoiled the treasure.

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I choosen two news headlines from yesteryear to share in our blog. One, MGR swearing in for the second time. Another the 3rd time, ADMK MLA’s selecting our beloved Leader.

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The scanned images are in lower resolution. Both are from Anna Newspaper. Anybody having the first time swearing in headline please forward the copy.

18 November 2016

Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram

Sri MGR Year 99, 18th November, Friday
Don’t Sleep brother don’t sleep (தூங்காதே தம்பி தூங்காதே) from the movie “Nadodi Mannan”, Young one listen to the tidings (சின்ன பயலே சின்ன பயலே செய்தி கேளடா) from “Arasilangkumari” and the most memorable line “நானே போடப்போறேன் சட்டம் பொதுவில் நன்மை புரிந்திடும் திட்டம் நாடு நலம் பெறும் திட்டம்” from “Nadodi Mannan”, (I am giving only three lines from MGR songs there are more to discuss) we all know that these brilliant, soul stirring lines are written by Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram for our Puratchi Thalaivar movies, after assuming the office of Chief Minister, MGR told the press that he did not know what the three legs in his chair belong to, but he is aware that the fourth leg belongs to the immortal lines rendered by Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram.

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Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram died at very young age, MGR helped his family by giving royalty to his songs which appeared in his movie “Nadodi Mannan” and requested other movie producers to giving helping hand to Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram family. More information is found in the above article written by R.Govindaraj who compiled his father K.P.Ramakrishnan (MGR’s bodyguard) account in Deepawali issue of Cinema Pathrikaiyalar Sangam magazine.

12 November 2016

4 Decades Back

Sri MGR Year 99, 12th November, Saturday

One of my friend having some newspaper and magazine collections from 1960s & 1970s has asked me to go through his record. After spending some time I took some of our Purtachi Thalaivar MGR related articles for scanning, below are few scans.

 

I selected some articles that have appeared in 1976 period, that is 4 decades back history.

 

1. Anna Nee En Deivam

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First article is about the song recording of “Anna Nee En Deivam” movie, the song was written by Vali and music composed by M.S.Viswanathan, the song is “Parakum Paingkili” a solo song for MGR. This song was not filmed as MGR had become the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in 1977.

 

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And another article is the photo of MGR leaning over the door frame.

 

2. Pallandu Vazhga

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A photo from the movie “Pallandu Vazhga” to my knowledge I have not seen this MGR pose. I thought of sharing this in our MGR blog.

 

3. Puratchi Pithan

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We all know that “Puratchi Pithan” was an unfinished movie, a photo was published in the Tamil daily showing MGR & Latha, and MGR holding an egg.

 

4. Uzhaikum Karangal

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The movie review of “Uzhaikum Karangal” by Nagai Dharman. He has highlighted important aspects of the movie. Nagai Dharman has mentioned about the Deer horn fight and Rudra Thandavam performance of MGR.

 

The articles I had uploaded above are small and of scanning the quality is little bit diminished.

31 October 2016

The Preacher

Sri MGR Year 99, 31st October, Monday

Our beloved Leader Puratchi Thalaivar MGR had many titles. As his movies thought quality life lessons the fans called him Vathiyar (Teacher).

Many have preached and how many had practised? But MGR is not such a person, like others he is not a hypocrite who does not practise what they preach.

We know that not only the movie titles of MGR are a moral lesson he practised what he preached in silver screen. One such title come to my mind Neethiku Thalaivanangku, which resembled an incident that happened in 1965.

 

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During the year 1965 when India Pakistan war was going on and as per war measures the cars which ply over Madras city were inspected for the head lights that has to be half blinded with black paint. One such inspection was going on in Kodambakkam bridge, the cars were in row. The police officers were checking each and every car for head lights, one officer found out that MGR is inside the car waiting patiently for his turn. The officer approached MGR and told him that, Sir you do not need to stand in the line your car is allowed to proceed.

MGR smiled at the police officer and said, for myself I do not need any priority whatever you do to other vehicles, you do the same to my vehicle. After waiting for his turn, MGR’s car head lights were half blinded with black paint.

The above incident was narrated by MGR’s bodyguard K.P.Ramakrishnan. His son R.Govindaraj has written this in the Deepavali issue of Cinema Pathrikaiyalar Sangam Magazine and he has forwarded the issue to share in our MGR blog. Below are the two paged article.

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