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Nadodi Mannan Special Edition Released

September 27, 2008

Finally after one month delay the 50th Year of Nadodi Mannan special edition book released yesterday. This is the real dedication by MGR Fan B.S.Raju. Nobody had the idea to release the book on the 50th year only B.S.Raj had done it to the love and respect for MGR.

The book contains rare pictures such as behind the scenes, Victory functions held in Madurai were MGR in the Chariot surrounded by 5 lakh people, cut outs in Paragon theatre, MGR entering the dais, getting awards, speaking to his fans, 14th day Ad, MGR in Nadodi Mannan make up, MGR with 5 ½ feet Silver Cup presented by the artist who participated in Nadodi Mannan movie (Now you can see this cup in MGR Memorial House, T.Nagar, Chennai)

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The news such as the function held in Madurai Thamukam grounds. Base of Nadodi Mannan by MGR, M.G.Chakrapani view on initial and final stages of Nadodi Mannan, praising words of Politicians from his Mentor Annadurai, Ramakrishna Hegde to the President of India, professionals from various fields and artists from Nadodi Mannan, including Banumathy, Sarojadevi, M.N.Nambiyar, P.S.Veerappa, Ramsingh, Kannadasan, G.K.Ramu (Cameraman) S.M.Subbiah Naidu (Music Director) rare news from Vellithirai Magazine, (1958) MGR and press meet in 21.5.1958. The records from first release (1958) and the subsequent releases from 1988 to 2007.

A word about this book and why was it delayed. In the third week of July B.S.Raju told me that he had done the preliminary work for the 50th year of Nadodi Mannan and the book will be released on 22nd of August 2008. Before the book went into print, B.S.Raju’s wife Vijayalakshmi was hospitalized. He tried his best but after 13 days she reached the lotus feet of God. On the final stage of the book all MGR Devotees and Fans came forward and stood behind him and gave the support. I have to thank Mr.K.P.Ramesh who called from Dubai consoled him and gave his best support for the release of this Book through his brother K.P.Suresh.

A book for 50 year Old film is remarkable feet. To my knowledge no book has been released for a 50 year old film and 50 year old movie Nadodi Mannan is still running successfully. We have to thank B.S.Raju for his Endeavour and successful finish of Nadodi Mannan special edition in midst of hurdles he faced, I feel that MGR spirit has helped B.S.Raju and that I also feel that MGR spirit will bless him.

Persons who like to buy this book can email B.S.Raju, email Id: The cost of the book is Indian Rupees 20/-

This is for my friends Siva, Murugan Dharamalingam and Tamilan, who contacted me in mail and mobile about the Loyola College “Karathu kanipu”.

This is from “Dinakaran” Chennai edition.

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This is from Dinamalar, Chennai Edition.

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The most liked Tamil Actor is MGR with 21.3% and their most liked film is Nadodi Mannan. MGR has left the Cinema World 31 years back, and he left the World 21 years back but still people love MGR and gave him No.1 spot.

Nadodi Mannan titbits

August 30, 2008

The movie had 2 music directors. The first Music Director was N.S.Balakrishnan, he tuned for three songs the first song that is the title song of the movie “Senthamizhe vanakkam”, MGR & Bhanumathy song “Sammadhama” and third one MGR, Bhanumathy and Chandra combination “Padupatta Thannaley”. Due to unavoildable circumstances N.S.Balakrishnan resigned from the project.

S.M.Subbiah Naidu took the mantle and composed the remaining songs and back ground music.

Cameraman Ramu was well versed in shooting in Black and white. When MGR planned to take the remainig portion in colour, Ramu requested to use some one as the cameraman. After knowing his hesitation MGR asked to go ahead but Ramu told that he dont know the technical side that his best friend who is well versed in colour shoot did not give any idea which his friend promised earlier.

Those days the colour films are processed in Bombay (Mumbai) only. MGR asked him to go ahead with a test shoot, and dont worry about the budget. If test shoot is successful go ahead with shooting with colour film if it is not success they planned to start again with black and white, actress from MGR Nadaga mandram acted for the test. After processing the film the lab gave that no adjustment is needed it is professional looking. Then Ramu went on with outdoor shooting in Munnar . That is what we see now.

The role of Princess Rathna was acted earlier by one artist, which MGR was not satisfied with her performance. Earlier Saroja Devi was casted in the role of Queens Maid , who spies as per MGR’s wish. And Saroja Devi acted in the song “Padupatta Thannaley”. After casting her in Rathna role, Chandra was included in the cast as maid and shooting again for the song. MGR has spent more on re shooting due to technical reasons.

Some records:
Nadodi Mannan movie was released in Chennai in three theatres. All the three theatres were 100 days, the highest in Chennai run is 161 days. The movie was released in Tamilnadu in more than 160 centres. 100 days theatre 28, 75 days theatre 67, 50 days theatre 157. In Srilanka the highest run is 140 days, and in Banglore it is 105 days.

Curtain Raiser Nadodi Mannan

August 20, 2008

The 65 page Anniversary Issue “Urimal Kural MGR” Nadodi Mannan Pon Vizha Aandu 1958 to 2008, will be released by the end of August. It contains 4 colour images and 40+ black and white photos of MGR only.

Here are the two colour images of the book. Subsequently the front cover will be posted in future post. The entire book contains all the records of Nadodi Mannan, not only the Box Office collection but also the finest details that are not known to the general public about the movie Nadodi Mannan. The Book also includes some of the extracts from “Yaruku Vetri” written by MGR in 1959.

The interviews given by various artists who participated in Nadodi Mannan movie. The book also contains the re-release records of the movie in 1980s to till date and how well it fared in the Box Office.

B.S.Raj has composed all these details in short span of three weeks. Let us pray for the success of this Anniversary issue. The movie Nadodi Mannan will be released soon in Chennai theatres.

Those interested to purchase this Book please email to