Archive for January 2007

STALWARTS OF SOUTH INDIAN CINEMA

January 31, 2007


From 1950’s to 1980’s Tamil, Telugu and Kannada film world was ruled by five members. For Telugu it is N.T.R. (N.T.Ramarao) and Nageswara Rao, in Kannada it was by Rajkumar (Dr.Rajkumar for Kannadiga) and for Tamil M.G.R. and Sivaji.

Despite the fact that India is divided into language based states, Tamil people live in large not only Tamilnadu but in other States also. There was always Kaveri River dispute between the States of Tamilnadu and Karnataka but the people of Karnataka (Kannadiga) love MGR films. Even now MGR films released in Bangalore runs with packed houses.

MGR showered love to all his fellow actors, here are two pictures showing his respect and love to N.T.R. and Rajkumar. N.T.Ramarao has mentioned that his Brother (MGR) is his mentor for his political activity.

After 1972, MGR movies were shot in studios and locations mostly in Mysore and Bangalore.

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Lord Murugan

January 25, 2007


Lord Murugan
Chinnappa Devar, Producer as well as Close Friend of MGR requested to don the role as Murugan (Tamil God) for a song to satisfy his wish, MGR put on the costume (it is rarity though he was in the Dravidian Movement opposed to superstitious beliefs and presence of God – Only Hindu God!) But MGR satisfied his Friends wish.

Secret of Success

January 22, 2007

Prominent persons say that MGR always succeeded in whatever venture he went to. When he entered as an Actor he was successful in the Box Office. When he produced, the Films were successful – sumptuous sets and costumes are well remembered. When he Directed movies he was far superior to others, the theme of the film, the portrayal, the camera angle, the editing, the fights etc., when he entered Politics he was the Champion, undefeated!

In one instance MGR’s Mentor “Anna Durai” quoted that whatever field my brother (MGR) enters he will succeed, because MGR has mammoth Will Power and his endeavour to triumph.

Sun-Tzu wrote:-

One who knows the enemy and knows himself will not be endangered in a hundred engagements.

One who does not know the enemy but knows himself will sometimes be victorious, sometimes meet with defeat.

One who know neither the enemy nor himself will invariably be defeated in every engagement.

Putting in a Nut shell what is the secret of MGR’s success, he knows himself and he knows his enemies.
The song in his movie “Vettaikaran” (Hunter)

“உன்னை அறிந்தால் நீ உன்னை அறிந்தால்
உலகத்தில் போராடலாம்
உயர்ந்தாலும் தாழ்ந்தாலும்
தலை வணங்காமல் நீ வாழலாம்”

Know Yourself Know yourself,
So that you will strive in the World,
You can be high or low in position,
But you don’t have to bow out in Life.
(Pardon for my Translation)

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Celebrations

January 17, 2007

Today 17.1.2007 is MGR’s 90th Birthday. As I expected every T.V. Channels in Tamil Nadu broadcasted MGR acted movies and shows. For the MGR fans they followed there protocol by putting a temporary shed and placing MGR photo and garlanding.

From my home to Office is 4.5 kilometers, I have to travel by main road, on my way o counted, there were 7 such temporary sheds broadcasting MGR songs. MGR Idols washed and garlanded. The cycle shop I mentioned in the earlier blog saw a facelift.

But I was astonished when MGR’s opposing parties the D.M.K and the newly formed Vijayakanth party celebrating MGR’s birthday. (Maybe to set eye on MGR Vote bank, beware “Amma”)

Raj T.V. and Jaya T.V. remembered MGR well and I watched some scenes from MGR movie, there were SMS messages sent to MGR’s birthday scrolling in the bottom of that some catchy ones –

“MGR is great Actor”
“MGR – is great”
“I Love MGR”
“MGR=MGR”
“MGR is my Lord”
“MGR – beloved God of my family”
“Long live MGR fame”

Different Back Ground Music

January 16, 2007

In most of MGR colour movies, he used to wear Red costumes or red hue in the background for Fight scenes. In “Ulagam Sutrum Valiban” (World Trotting Youth) I remixed Michael Jackson song “Beat It” for the action scene.

Buddha Temple

January 13, 2007

This is the Set used by MGR in Ulagam Sutrum Valiban (World Trotting Youth) a rare photo, published in “The Hindu” dated 5.11.1993

Pendant and Bracelet

January 8, 2007

In some of his movies, MGR used to wear a Pendant and Bracelet. The Bracelet was engraved as MGR. It was revealed in his film a close up shot of a fighting scene in “Ulagam Sutrum Valiban” (World Trotting Youth) But the Pendant remained a mystery to me?

After his death “Ananda Vikatan” a Tamil weekly magazine published the rare photos of MGR with his family (it was last photo MGR posed in his house) in the snap MGR has opened the Pendant and inside is his Mother’s photo.

MGR praised his mother always and revered her as his Protector and his God. Whenever he has to take an important decision he used his Mother’s spirit and as well as his Wife spirit for the guidance.

The King

January 1, 2007


Wish you all Happy New Year.

This is Oil on canvas (got from a site I forgot) the image is captivating I want to share this portrait in my Blog.