Archive for January 2009

Duet songs in MGR movies

January 29, 2009

One of MGR fans have asked me to upload two duet songs of MGR in this blog. Instead I will write about the song sequence.

Duet songs in MGR movies that too dream songs are noteworthy. The theme is mostly fantasy based. One theme will be under water, Sea bed in Nadodi Mannan, Water ballad in Ulagam Sutrum Valiban, in another planet such as in Thozhilali and Rickshawkaran.

In Anbay Vaa MGR is Millionaire JB, but acts as a Secretary of JB. Before this song MGR pretends that he is seriously ill and gets the notice of Sarojadevi.

In this song MGR looks very beautiful, royal, charismatic, romantic and stylish. The costume as a King (European style) suits him well too. The background for chariot scene looks like colliding of galaxies syncs well with the characters of MGR and Sarojadevi.

Anbay Vaa rights for Salem and South Arcot

Ravindran MGR pictures story writer when he visited a foreign country a person who was checking the baggage asked him is this your Prince, pointing to a photo Ravindran had in the bag, the person in the photo was none other than MGR in Anbay Vaa royal costume. He said, No he is my Leader.

And a question who dreams this song? Write your views.

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Ulagam Sutrum Valiban 100th day

January 25, 2009

MGR directing for the movie Ulagam Sutrum Valiban

 

25/01/2009

GRAND SUCCESSFUL

           100TH DAY

MAKKAL THILAGAM

             M.G.R.

                IN

        ULAGAM

              SUTRUM

                 VALIBAN

DIRECTION. M.G.R.

CREATED A NEW RECORD IN THE INDIAN CINEMA HISTORY.

NEVER BEFORE…..

NEVER AGAIN..

MGR CREATED A NEW RECORD.

JUST 100 DAYS CROSSED IN TAMILNADU.

100 DAYS THE TOTAL COLLECTION CROSSED RS 2.50

CRORES.

STILL GOING STRONG.

 

This week Ulagam Sutrum Valiban in Kovai

The movie Ulagam Sutrum Valiban was re-released on 17.10.2008 in 50 centres the record presented here is from 17.10.2008 to 19.12.2008 for 10 weeks the collection is 2.5 Crores. Now the movie has reached more than 2.5 Crores. Total days 980, total weeks 140.

 

These records are forwarded by various MGR Fans Association across Tamil Nadu.

 

usv 130th week

 

Chennai

Pilot, Maharani, Sri Brinda, Motcham, Gopikrishna, Natraj, Lakshmi, Mahalakshmi, Krishnaveni, Broadway, M.R. (Tambaram) Rohini (Koyambedu) Murugan (Ambattur) Jayanthi (Thiruvanmiyur) Golden Eagle (Nerkundram) Lakshmi (Pallavaram),

 

Thirutani – Mini Golden

 

Poonamallee – Sundar

 

Redhills – Radha Movie Park

 

Thiruvallur – Lakshmi

 

Madurai

Thanga Regal, Vetri

 

Arupukottai – Rani

 

Kambam – Amaravathi

 

Thirumangalam – Lakshmi

 

MGR handling the camera and Stunt master Shyamsundar adjusting lights

 

Thirunagar – Mani Imphala

 

Virudhunagar – Amirtharaj

 

Ramnad – Velu Manickam

 

Dindukal – Rajendra, Solai Hall, Central

 

Palani – Ramesh

 

Ottanchatiram – Indian

 

Bodi Nayakanur – Anandhi, Vetri

 

Theni – National

 

Karaikudi – Sivam

 

Nellai – Bombay (Highest collection), Rathna, Muthuram

 

Kadayanallur – Maharaja

 

Karandai – Natraj

 

Kovilpatti – Sathyabama

 

Ambasamudhram – Kalyani

 

MGR and manjula for the song Lily malaruku

 

Kalakadu – Baghyalakshmi

 

Sivagiri – Velu

 

Sankaran Kovil – Gomathy Sankar

 

Nagercoil – Vasantham Palace

 

Tutucorin – Ciniraj, Miniraj

 

Alangkulam – Sri Lakshmi Narayana

 

Coimbatore – Santhi, Nass, Ganapathy Velan

 

Goundampalayam – Kalpana

 

Erode – Abirami, Sangeetha, Annapoorani

 

Thirupur – MGB, Ragam, Krishna

 

Vellakovil – Veerakumar

 

Mettupalayam – Srisakthi

 

Pollachi – A.T.S.C

 

Palladam – Alankar

 

Udumalai – Lalithangi

 

Singanallur – Jai Santhi

 

Somanthur – Sangeetha

 

Tarapuram – Vasantha

 

Sathiya Mangalam – Sathya

 

Perunthurai – Devi Chitra

 

Gopichettipalayam – Indira

 

Kangayam – Anand

 

Somanur – Sangeetha

 

Anuperpalayam – Kalaivani

 

Annur – Ashtalakshmi

 

Avinashi – Chintamani

 

Kodimudi – K.P.S

 

Salem – Santhi

 

Kumarapalayam – Srilakshmi

 

Thiruchengodu – Sri Gnanambigai

 

Kallakuruchi – Govindaraja

 

Attur – N.S.Complex

 

Namakkal – Jothi

 

Dharmapuri – Srimadheswari

 

Edapadi – Kalaiarangam

 

Trichy – Sona

 

Thiruthiraipoondi – A.M.Deluxe

 

Mayavaram – Vijaya

 

Karur – Thenappa

 

Kumbhakonam – Diamond Mahal

 

Puthukottai – Santhi

 

Thanjavur – Yagappa

 

Vellore – Ganesa, Raja

 

Sirgazhi – Sivakumar

 

Nagapattinam – Pandian

 

Vizhupuram – Kalyan

 

Gudiyatham – Ganga Gowri

 

Thiruvannamalai – Balasubramaniam

 

Bunrotti – Bhuvaneswari

 

Virudhachalam – B.V.G Palace

 

Bombay – Arora

 

Gingi – K.V.K.S

 

Thirupathur – Ramajeyam

 

Omalur – Brindavanam

 

Aarur – Muthu

 

Ammapettai – Saraswathy

 

Sevvaipettai (Salem) Sriman

 

Pondichery – Balaji

 

Still the Box Office Emperor

 

The collection is 2.25 Crores in 70 days and now it has crossed over 2.5 Crores. A record unparallel created by MGR, a movie which was released in 1973 and re-released in 110 cinema theatres in 2008 still spinning money. Most of the above theatres I have mentioned do not have DTS.

 

I have to thank B.S.Raju, Editor of Urimai Kural and S.Vinod from Bangalore for helping to make this post. Ads forwarded by MGR Devotee Yukesh Babu.

 

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Invincible MGR

January 23, 2009

After the release of teaser trailer of Puratchi Thalaivan in Internet the reaction was amazing from MGR Fans. The official website of Puratchi Thalaivan has added many features after January 17th. Now you can download MGR’s unique style wallpapers, the one he poses in the ship was awesome. I thank mayabimbam team for the movie and also for the nice and cool website.

 

Puratchi Thalaivan MGR

 

This is Malathi Rangarajan’s write up on Hindu Cinema plus, Friday January 23, 2009.

 

A Teaser trailer on the net on January 17 has attracted the attention of more than 2,000 MGR fans in a matter of just two days! We timed it to coincide with MGR’s birthday. Though the teaser per se has nothing to do with the animation film, ‘Puratchi Thalaivan’ we are working on, we wanted to know the pulse of the viewer. The feedback has been amazing, smiles Sridevi Rao, its producer.

 

Thalaivar on the ship

 

We at Mayabimbam wish to make wholesome family entertainers with messages for society at large. ‘V4’ had them too. But as we did not have popular personalities imparting the ideals, the messages did not percolate to every stratum. So we decided  to go in for a famous figure this time Who else can do it better than MGR himself? is Sridevi’s contention.

 

The film will be in typical MGR format, with its quota of songs, dances, villains and stunts.So who’ll play the bad man? I assure you it will be someone  who was a perfect foil for the hero during that era. From Nambiar and M.R.Radha to Asokan and Manohar the options are aplenty.

 

As a screen pair the MGR-Saroja Devi combo was always a sell-out. The two will be seen together in the animation version also. We’ve spoken to Saroja Devi and she’s very happy with the project. We intend to use her voice for Puratchi Thalaivan.

 

January 17, 2010 has been envisaged as the release date of Puratchi Thalaivan. The entire team is working hard with the time frame in mind, says Sridevi.

 

I humbly request MGR fans to participate in Puratchi Thalaivan website and give comments and suggestions that will help bring our Thalaivar back to silver screen in all his glories.

 

Thanks to MGR Devotee Yukesh Babu who informed me the Cinema plus editorial of MGR Returns!

 

The Official Web site of Puratchi Thalaivan.

Kanchikode Puduchery Vijayan

January 19, 2009

In the heart of Puduchery Vijayan Makkal Thilagam MGR is still living.

 

Kanchikodi Puduchery Vijayan from Kerala is very busy during Makkal Thilagam MGR’s birthday. This year also Makkal Thilagam MGR 92nd Birthday was celebrated in a grand manner.

 

kpvijayan

 

On the eve of MGR’s birth day Kanchikode Puduchery Vijayan starts to built a temple with vazhapol (using Banana stalk to construct small temple to deities in Kerala) forgetting his sleep. He keeps MGR’s decorated photo with two leaves symbol along with Kuthuvilakku, Nirapara (Bowel with paddy) Pookula (Nerkathir) and with several small lamps. A typical Kerala tradition of honouring the God. MGR birthday function starts grandly by Chendamalam. Vijayan distribute sweets from morning to night.

 

Washerman by occupation Vijayan is regularly conducting MGR birthday function right from his teenage.

 

Kanchikode Puduchery Vijayan house name is MGR Nivas and he named his 3 sons as 1.Viju Ramachandran, 2.Viju Ranjith, 3.Viju Raj all from the name of MGR and also the characters of MGR movies the second one is from Ranjith (Ninaithathai Mudipavan) and third from Raj (Ulagam Sutrum Valiban). His wife name is Jothi but he calls her by one of MGR’s heroine name.

 

On 24th December 1987 on hearing the death of MGR he tried to kill himself but God’s wish his parents saved him. Like many MGR fans he likes MGR because, MGR is the Saviour of the Poor people. He also provides drinking water to the school children of L.P.School in Puduchery (Kerala).

 

mathurubhoomi

 

When he reaches home from tiresome work he use to see atleast one MGR movie before going to sleep. His neighbours tell that in his shop he always listen to MGR songs only.

 

He swears that to his last breath he will follow the foot steps of MGR and he will be helpful to others.

 

Published in Mathrubhumi Malayalam daily dated 19.1.2009.

Happy Birth Day Thalaivaa

January 17, 2009

This is the 275th post, I was thinking what to post today, but the grandest of all came online. The trailer of MGR animated movie Puratchi Thalaivan. First time in the world a Tamil Actor (who left earth 21 years back and 31 years from the movie world) is back again through animation. MGR movies are money spinner. It is proved even in this High Tech century.

This is the official web site of Puratchi Thalaivan Click

The website carries the capiton “MGR’s first 3D animated Film”

The video clip starts with the title given to other actors such as Super Star, Supreme Star, Mega Star, Ultimate Star, Little Super Star, Winning Star, Victory Star – The Star of all Stars our MGR.

The clipping continues a red screen on it tamil words வாழ்ந்தவர் கோடி மறைந்தவர் கோடி மக்கள் மனதில் நிற்பவர் யார்? now the screen opens and MGR emerges, does some Nadodi Mannan style and a ship is sailing and MGR shooting an arrow.

Watch for yourself. The video clip is 8 MB size and time is 2 minutes.

Life of MGR movies

January 15, 2009
Abul Hassan a.k.a. MGR Visiree has sent me the following image. This is taken from Ananda Vikatan Pongal issue 2009.

It tells about the experience of viewing MGR movie in a village touring talkies. The people are not more than 50 (highest) but MGR movies only gives collection.

I thank Abul Sir who forwarded this image for the post.

MGR- PONGAL GIFT TO FANS

January 14, 2009

A FLASH BACK FROM 1963-1978

1963    PANATHOTTAM.
A MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT WITH BEST SONGS. GRAND SUCCESS MOVIE OF THE YEAR  1963.

1964.   VETTAIKKARAN
FIRST COWBOY MOVIE IN  SOUTH INDIAN MOVIES. CREATED A NEW RECORD ALL OVER TAMILNADU.

1965    ENGA VEETTU PILLAI
SILVER JUBILEE MOVIE. ALL TIME RECORD.

 

MGR Saroja Devi Combo from Enga Veetu Pillai

1966     ANBE VAA
FULL ENTERTAINMENT FILM EVER MADE. CLASSICAL MOVIE. BOX OFFICE HIT OF THE YEAR 1966.

 

MGR's Charming Smile from Anba Vaa

1967     THAIKKU THALAIMAGAN
DEVAR FLIMS FAMILY MOVIE HIT SONGS. SUCCESSFUL MOVIE.

1968 RAGASIYA POLICE 115
PADMINI PICTURES, MGR STARS AS A CID. SUPER HIT FIGHT SCENES(JUSTIN FIGHT IN HOTEL) AND SONGS. RECORD BREAK COLLECTION OF THE YEAR 1968.

1970  MATTUKKARA VELAN
SILVER JUBILEE HIT MOVIE. CHENNAI  RECORD BREAK CONTINIOUS HOUSEFULL SHOWS 444 SHOWS IN PLAZA-BRODWAY-SAYANI- KRISHNAVENI .

AND 100 DAYS IN ALL 4 THEATRES. BROADWAY CELEBRATED 25 WEEKS.

1971   26/1/1971 KUMARIKOTTAM
MUSICAL HIT MOVIE . IOO DAYS CELEBRATED AT GLOBE- BRODWAY
MADURAI AND TRICHY.

 

A Scene from Madurai Meeta Sundarapandian

1978 MADURAI MEETTA SUNDARAPANDIYAN
MGR LAST MOVIE A SUCCESSFUL HISTORICAL FILM.

 

This entire post is by MGR Fan S.VINOD, from Bangalore and the then member of North Arcot MGR Fan Association.

Review Pallandu Vazhga

January 13, 2009

Udhayam Productions “Pallandu Vazhga” is remake of Shantaram’s “Dho Angkein Bara Hath”. Recently “Ananda Vikatan” has issued the vintage edition of 16.11.1975.

 

It has a three page review of MGR acted Pallandu Vazhga. The review tells that MGR lived as the character. They also mention about the role done by six characters in the movie. How the villains performed in comedy too.

 

pv_review_1_2

 

A special mention about the heroine Latha, all duet songs in this movie are dream songs, all dreams of Latha alone.

 

The scene were MGR’s six friends gets beaten by the villain group and no hitting back raises a question is this a MGR movie? Yes this is not only MGR movie but this is his ambitious project.

 

pv_review_3

 

Though the review has mentioned that there was no political dialogue in this movie. But still there is one or two soft political dialogs.

 

The movie has lot of uncommon listing such as the play back, MGR’s most play back singer was T.M.Soundarrajan.  But in this movie MGR replaced TMS to Yesudas. His soft tone very well matched MGR’s Leadership in this movie.

 

Click for the MGR Foundations Magazine

MGR and Poet Laureate

January 8, 2009

Kavingar Kannadasan wrote many beautiful poems for MGR movies. In 1953 when MGR was in DMK, the party had Anna Durai as their Leader, E.V.K.Sampath second to the Leader. Apart from MGR the party had prolific with the pen Karunanidhi and Kannadasan. Together they (MGR, Kalaingnar and Kannadasan) contributed to the movie and as well as the politics.

 

DMK had a minor split in 1960 E.V.K.Sampath and Kannadasan and others left the party. Though MGR and Kannadasan were in other team they worked in many movies despite of their difference. The rift become severe when MGR was ousted from DMK in October 10, 1972.

 

Still Kannadasan wrote bad about MGR in his books, poems. And MGR last lyric from Kannadasan is for the movie Urimai Kural. Then by 1977 MGR assumed Power the ruler of Tamil Nadu. After becoming the Chief Minister MGR appointed Kannadasan as the Poet Laureate this raised many eyebrows.

 

MGR said with smile he was against me and I am not against his poems.

 

mgr_kannadasan

 

Kannadasan met MGR before the ceremony and thanked him with glistened eyes. Further he mentions the great characters of MGR. He treats friends as friends, enemy as enemy. He does not back stab his enemies like others. When I talked to him (in 1980) I did not see Madurai Veeran or Mannathi Mannan or Rajadesingh or Nadodi Mannan but I saw Tamil people most trusted GREAT HUMAN BEING.

 

I have praised many but they have ditched me though I have  given bouquets and brickbats to MGR but he is the only one who cared and helped me. For me MGRs M and G is Magnanimity and Generosity.

 

In the image the person to the left of MGR is Vasu my neighbour whose aunt is Mrs.Parvathy Kannadasan.

Animated movies

January 3, 2009

This from the website telugu365.com

Seeing the caption above, are you wondering how can Late MGR compete with Rajnikanth? Then here it is, the animated avatars of MGR and Rajnikanth are competing with each other.

It is already known that Rajnikanth‘s daughter, Soundarya, has embarked on an animated film “Sultan” which has animated Rajnikanth as the hero. The role has indeed been given voice by the Superstar himself. Freshly, there is an attempt by Mayabimban Media Pvt Ltd, a animation studio based in Chennai, to bring on screen the animated version of Late MGR in a animation movie named “Puratchithalaivan”.

There is considerable buzz surrounding these two films in Kollywood as both of them have Superstars, one of the bygone era and another the current one. Who shall win? Let us hope both to do equally well.

And the same in Tamil website. Click to read.