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Story of Ayirathil Oruvan

April 12, 2008

Padmini Pictures Ayirathil Oruvan was released in the year 1965. The cast include

Manimaran – MGR

Poongodi – Jayalalitha

Azhagu – Nagesh

Thenmozhi – Madhavi

Chengappan – Ramadoss

Leader of Selva theevu – M.N.Nambiyar

Queen of Selva theevu – L.Vijayalakshmi

Dictator Naythal Nadu – R.S.Manohar

Commander – Thirupathisamy

Comrades – Kundumani, K.B.Ramakrishnan

Naythal Nadu is a country ruled by a King who becomes a Dictator. The story begins with the 1st frame of camera shows herbs, pans to the left to 3 Cobras in separate glass jars and again pans to the left to a fire, behind fire, Manimaran (MGR) lifts his head with uttering in enthusiasm ‘Vetri… Vetri’ he has successfully tested the poisoned milk with the newly found herb. The poisoned bluish milk gets deactivated and turns to white upon the addition of herbal juice prepared by MGR. Azhagu (Nagesh) his assistant to MGR in his works.

A thud on the door and Nagesh opens to sea of people, they rush to meet the Vaithiyar (MGR). They came with a wounded Gundumani. MGR checks the patient and ask them how he got hurt. The men who came with Gundumani did not answer. And finally they say they are the mutineers against their King enacted by R.S.Manohar. They propound their theory but MGR did not accept that the freedom from the Dictator’s rule should be by peaceful method. And MGR treats Gundumani. Meanwhile the Soldiers enter the clinic, MGR and Nagesh in a suspicious condition arrested with the mutineers.

Next day MGR was called upon by the King. As MGR is high ranked he was questioned on behalf of the mutineers. Though MGR’s answers are in support to the mutineers and against his rule and prove his innocence, R.S.Manohar finds it unacceptable and MGR, Nagesh and mutineers are banned from the Kingdom and ordered to be sold as slaves.

The ship sails to Kannitheevu. MGR’s ambition to save his country from the evil clutches of R.S.Manohar takes shape in this voyage. The mutineers find MGR their Leader. Before the ship with slaves reaches the destination, the Heroine of the movie Poongodi (Jayalalitha) is introduced (her first movie with MGR) with a song. After the song Jayalalitha’s paternal Uncle Chengappan (Ramadoss) who is the ruler of Kannitheevu visit the port. The camera shows the security of the Sea Shore canons on two side with lot of soldiers with rifle on the other. All the slaves are lined up to Ramadoss to show their strength, but it turns comical by Nagesh. And the comical line up ends when Nagesh get his jaws broken. Someone rushes and informs that one of the slaves was bitten by snake and their Leader MGR is giving treatment. Ramadoss and others rushes to the place and see that MGR has saved the patient. The ship captain informs Ramadoss that he is a Leader to the Slaves, which brings panic for Ramadoss and orders MGR to be thrown to the Sea. But Jayalalitha interferes and gets permission to use the skills of a Doctor for the snake ridden Island.

(This is a very different scenario in all MGR movies, he is the real life saver but in Ayirathil Oruvan, Jayalalitha is the life saver, even though this is her first movie with MGR, picturising that she is shrewd like MGR).

To be continued.

Party Cadres Psychology

February 24, 2007

In 2004 Parliament Elections, AIADMK allied with BJP and faced the elections. The party was white washed, loosing all the 39 seats that means AIADMK the ruling party in the state was having 131 seats out of 234 in State, now the result was 0 out of 234.

Ms.Jayalalithaa, changed her policies, the killing of Veerappan and success of Veeranam project (drinking water to Chennai city) gave her some popularity. When the Elections for the State was announced nearly a year, the ADMK cadres know how to pull his party men to work and gain the vote. This was the picture (film “Mattukara Velan” – Cowherd Velan) they painted in the Walls to signify that ADMK (in directly means MGR) is in danger. And another one was from a film “Neerum Nerupum” (Fire and Water) mounted on horse symbolizes the return of MGR.

Look closely 6 men are attacking him; fortunately ADMK was opposed by six parties at that time. When the results were announced ADMK was the opposition party, most politicians believed that AIADMK will be routed like in 1996 elections. But AIADMK got more than 60 seats and DMK 94 (with six party alliances)

Sister in Law 2

February 19, 2007

The most loved pair of MGR Fans is none other than Jayalalitha (now lovingly called by her Party members as “Amma”) She first acted with him in the movie named “Ayirathil Oruvan” (One in One thousand) due to the success the pair continued from 1965 to 1973. Aggregating to 28 out of this in “Arasa Kattalai” (Kings Order) both Saroja Devi and Jayalalitha acted together. In the climax Saroja Devi dies and MGR marries Jayalalitha. But the real climax was MGR saves Saroja Devi and Jayalalitha chooses to be a Nun (Why they changed the climax?)

Jayalalitha was given prominent character which is equal to the Hero role. Domination of Jayalalitha in MGR movie is high when compared to other Heroines. She got individuals songs to show her talent in dancing, her dress sense and style. She was given a bigger role of teaching MGR all kind of martial arts in “Adimai Penn” (Slave Girl – for further reference click this which MGR fan can’t digest, but the fans were convinced in the film. In most of MGR-Jayalalitha starrer films in a song or in a dialogue, she mentions that MGR is born for her, which is notable.

After 1972 when MGR expelled from DMK, the pair also parted, the last movie they acted “Pattikattu Ponnaiah” she has the merit of acting with MGR in his 100th film and 2 Silver Jubilee films Oli Vilakku and Adimai Penn. Though she was cast as First Heroine in “Ulagam Sutrum Valiban” (World Trotting Youth) that role was given to Actress Manjula later.

In 1972 there were gossip columns in Newspapers that MGR married her in Nepal, but was turned as a rumour.

After MGR became Chief Minister for the second time he gave Jayalalitha a post in his party. There she gained importance and after his death she became the party Leader overcoming some difficulty.

The first MGR tomb was erected in Karunanidhi’s period designed like an umbrella but it looked like a mushroom in directly meaning MGR not worthy. When Jayalalitha came to Power in 1991 she reconstructed the Tomb in the form of Lotus and paid respect to her Mentor and Guide.

The first tomb was constructed by a contractor named B.L.Srinivasan and he is the same contractor who again given Tender to demolish the Tomb. How I know it? Because I worked as Typist in the Public Works Department, the work was carried out by Buildings Sub Division I of Buildings Division II. I also had the chance to talk with the Contractor he was a nice gentleman.


February 16, 2007

MGR acted in 134 films (2 films after his death) and he co stared with many actress but MGR fans most loved pairs are Saroja Devi, Jayalalitha and Lath. MGR Fans admire these 3 actresses, so much and they call them lovingly as Sister-in-laws.

Saroja Devi was called Elder Sister-in-law (Periya Anni) MGR first paired with Saroja Devi in the movie “Thirudathae” (Don’t Steal) as she was a new face to Tamil movie. Her mother tongue is Kannada. She was also called as “Abinaya Saraswathi” and “Kannada Paingkili”. The shooting of “Thirudathae” was postponed and eventfully MGR’s block buster movie “Nadodi Mannan” (Wander and King) released. That gave her immediate Stardom status.

This pair continued for a decade until Saroja Devi got married with Mr.Harsha. MGR and Saroja Devi acted as Hero and Heroine in 26 films and out of these “Nadodi Mannan” and “Enga Veetu Pillai” were Silver Jubilee films. One flop film (only flop film for MGR) “Pasam” (Love)

When MGR was shot in January 12th 1967 by his fellow actor M.R.Radha, some of his films were dropped, some films were rechristened and some of the film heroines were changed one of these was “Ragasiya Police 115”, earlier Saroja Devi was in the role of Heroine but after the accident Jayalalitha donned the role.

One peculiar thing is that all of MGR most loved pairs showed their skin to the camera but not Saroja Devi, her character as well as the costumes is immaculate, that gave her homely appearance.

Whenever she was interviewed she says her God is MGR and she has two sad incidents in her life that were the death of her Husband and death of MGR. She never forgets MGR.

Minority Report

February 14, 2007

4 Months back I was traveling in a Bus. When the Bus was nearing the Nehru Indoor Stadium all the vehicles were stopped for 20 minutes because the Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi was to be felicitated by the Tamil Film Industry in the Stadium. Inside of the Bus was so humid some people started to oppose such acts done by the VIPs.

Cams motorcade went past us, and then we were allowed to move. I was standing near two Muslims, they were in late 60s and were commenting about this traffic blockades and was describing how when MGR was the Chief Minister this kind of annoyance to public was not done. And further they started to talk in Hindi and I can’t understand most of the words but this was in my memory. “MGR Rajya se ……. zabardast aura kaligner, Amma Rajya ….teak nahi” (MGR’s rule was very good but other is not that much)

In India Muslims are minority but they are targeted by the Politicians for vote sake by participating in their Festivals like opening the Fast in Ramadan month. But MGR was different from others. He never opened the fast as like the others. Despite of this the Muslim community knows that MGR an actor in profession never acted in Politics. They feel MGR is do gooder to their community. One of his Story writers Ravindran is a Muslim and one of his lawyers was also a Muslim.