Emperor of Tamil Cinema

In this Blog I am going to write about MGR’s box office records. His first film released in 1936, though he acted in a small role, his first lead role came in 1947. His fully acted last film was released in 1978. His career spans from 1935 to 1977, 42 years. If we take into account from 1947 to 1977 he only acted in leading roles no guest appearance. Nearly one generation, 30 years as a Hero.

Total number of films he acted is 136 and another two films were released 3 years after his death (1990). Totaling 138 films. MGR films success percentage is higher than his counterparts. Out of 138 films 12 were Silver Jubilee (25 weeks), 74 were 100 days, 51 were average and 1 Flop. Every year his film is the Box Office record creator. Sometimes 2 of his films occupy the 1st and 2nd slot. Let us see the Tabular Column for his Box Office cinemas.

Year

Box Office Film Name

Days

Total MGR starred films released

1950

Manthiri Kumari

100

2

1951

Marmayogi

100

4

1952

En Thangai

352

3

1953

4

1954

Malaikallan

150

2

1955

Alibabavum 40 thieves

150

1

1956

Madurai Veeran

175

3

1957

Chakravarthy Thirumagal

100

4

1958

Nadodi Mannan

175

1

1959

1

1960

3

1961

Thirudathe

100

5

1962

Thaiyaikatha Thanaiyan

100

6

1963

Periyea Edathu Pen

100

9

1964

Panakara Kudumbam

100

7

1965

Enga Vetu Pillai

175

7

1966

Anba Vaa

175

9

1967

Kavalkaran

100

4

1968

Kudieruntha Kovil

100

8

1969

Adimai Pen

175

2

1970

Matukara Velan

175

5

1971

Rickshawkaran

175

4

1972

Nalla Neram

100

6

1973

Ulagam Sutrum Valiban

210

2

1974

Urimai Kural

234

3

1975

Idhayakani

100

4

1976

Nethiku Thalaivanagu

100

3

1977

Meenava Nanban

150

3

1978

1

In 1953, 1959 and 1960 slot was filled by Sivaji Ganesan starrer film and in 1978 it was by Rajni and Kamal starrer film Pathinaru Vayathinela.

MGR needed 25 years to reach his 50th film! And completed 86 films in just 16 years. The above facts show his continuous success as Highest Grosser from 1950 to 1958. A small break of 2 years his transition from Mythological to Social films. Then on from 1961to 1977, 16 years and attaining the exalted post of Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu his films broke record every year. And also MGR keeps the record for most dual acted roles in Tamil Cinema.

One can say that MGR does not have any competition. He had more competitor than any one else in the World. I am not exaggerating. In 1950s to 1960s MGR competitors were Sivaji Ganesan, S.S.Rajendran and Gemini Ganesan. From 1960s to end of 1970s the above said actors plus Ravichandran (who was called Silver jubilee Hero), C.L.Anandan (for some years), Jaishankar a.k.a. South Indian James Bond, Muthuraman. From 1970s MGR had to face stiff competition from Young Heroes who were dominating Tamil film Siva Kumar, Rajnikanth, Kamalhassan, Vijay Kumar, Jai Ganesh etc. The other obstacle is from Political side, it was Congress from 1953 to 1967 and DMK from 1971 to 1977 although MGR was expelled from DMK in 1972 the problem started in early 1971. The real competition was between MGR and Sivaji Ganesan, who had more fans than MGR. But the contest always ended in favour of MGR.

Can anyone point out any Actor in Indian Cinema as well as in World Cinema for continuous record in Box Office? To my knowledge there is no one, except one The Emperor of Tamil Cinema.

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