Mega Hit MGR Movies – I

Madurai Veeran:

Krishna Pictures Madurai Veeran movie catapulted MGR to Super Star stardom. The movie was released on Tamil New Years Day 13.4.1956.

 

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The cast includes:

MGR – Veeran

Bhanumathy – Bommi

Padmini – Vellaiammal

O.A.K.Devar – King of Madurai

N.S.Krishnan – Step Father of Veeran

T.A.Mathuram – Step Mother of Veeran

T.S.Balaiah – Villain

E.V.Saroja – Dancer

M.M.A. Chinnappa Devar

Kuchala Kumari, M.R.Santhanalakshmi

Music Director – G.Ramanathan

Dialogues – Kavi Arasu Kannadasan

Directed by T.Yoganand

 

The movie had 10 memorable songs such as ஏச்சி பிழைக்கும் தொழிலே சரி தானா, ஆடல் காணிரோ, நாடகமெல்லாம் கண்டேன், வாங்க மச்சான் வாங்க, தேடி வந்தேன புள்ளி மானே.

 

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The movie was released in 136 centres in 1 year including North and South India and overseas.

 

The first Tamil picture and first MGR movie to collect 1 Crore 5 lakhs in his first release. Total number of people watched this movie is 3 Crores and 40 lakhs, highest in India for any language movie at that time.

 

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First Tamil and first MGR movie to cross 50 days in 128 centres in his first release. First time a Tamil movie and a MGR movie to cross 100 days in all major centres in India and abroad.

 

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First Tamil and first MGR movie to cross 100 days in 40 theatres the record was unbeaten till 1996 by a colour movie. Even Emgeeyar Pictures Nadodi Mannan, Adimai Penn and Ulagam Sutrum Valiban, sister concern Sathya Movies – Deiva Thai, Kavalkaran, Rickshawkaran and Ithayakani did not beat this 100 days in 40 centres for the first release mega record created by MGR’s Madurai Veeran. Black and White Madurai Veeran movie still holds the mega record of 100 days in 40 centres unbeaten till date. The movie was released 53 years back.

 

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First Tamil and first MGR movie to cross 200 days in Madurai Central theater the capacity was 1800.

 

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First Tamil and first MGR movie successfully completed 100 days in 25 towns they are Pattukottai, Thiruvannamalai, Panrotti, Paramakudy, Bodi, Karur, Pondicherry, Puthukottai, Attur, Virudhunagar, Villupuram, Virudachalam, Pollachi, Kambam, Palani, Mannarkudi, Nammakal, Otty, Thiruvarur, Bhavani, Kadalur, Kanchipuram, Nagerkoil, Kudanthai (Kumbakonam) Chidambaram.

 

MGR acted Madurai Veeran is the only movie successfully completed 150 days in all theatres in Madurai, Trichy, Salem, Coimbatore, Kanchipuram and Vellore.

 

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The very first time Tamil and MGR movie to cross 100 days in all 4 centres in Chennai they are Chitra, Prabath, Kamadhenu and Saraswathy.

 

 

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Madurai Veeran was also released in Singapore, Malaysia (Kula Lumpur, Penang, Epo), Czechoslovakia, France, Thailand, East Germany, England and Canada.

 

This movie was first historical movie to show the life of downtrodden people, the first historical movie against caste system.

 

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First historical movie to show dream song and also to show DMK’s election symbol, Rising Sun.

 

 

Theater

No. of Days

Chennai

Chitra

105

Chennai

Prabath

126

Chennai

Kamadhenu

105

Chennai

Saraswathy

126

Madurai

Central

200

Trichy

Jupiter

169

Salem

Oriental

161

Vellore

Raja

147

Kanchipuram

Sri Murugan

154

Erode

Krishna

126

Nellai

Rathna

126

Kovai

Raja

149

Nagerkoil

Picture Palace

102

Thanjai

Yagappa

121

Kudanthai

Diamond

119

Dindukal

Solai Hall

117

Puthukottai

Palaniappa

114

Virudhunagar

Raja

114

Kadalur

New Cinema

111

Villupuram

Seetharam

108

Virudhachalam

Thangamani

108

Panrotti

Vijaya

108

Mayavaram

Sundaram

107

Paramakudy

Ravi

100

Bhavani

Royal

105

Karur

Ambigai

105

Bodi

Ponni

103

Thiruvaroor

Baby

105

Otty

Metha

104

Namakkal

Jothi

102

Mannarkudi

Jothi

101

Attur

Sridharan

105

Palani

Shanmuga

105

Pollachi

Selvam

100

Pattukottai

Murugaiah

101

Kambam

Durai

105

Bangalore

Estates

105

Bangalore

Lakshmi

105

Srilanka

Gaiety

105

Srilanka

Odeon

101

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