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Nadodi Mannan Golden Jubilee Year 1958 to 2008

August 21, 2008

This is my experiment with 18 lakhs. This was said by MGR in 1958 after stupendous success of the Movie Nadodi Mannan. How humble he is. The movie was a revolutionary in tamil cinema. It had showed the movie world a new way of story telling a new way of film making, a new way of editing, a new way of techniques in double action scenes so on and so forth.

I have taken some of the instances said by MGR in “Yaruku Vetri” way back in 1958, most of writing in video format. MGR’s education level is so poor but his writing skills is awesome when I read the Special edition by MGR Pictures. How well he knew and how clear his ideas are for instances the technical side, story side, dialogue side, music side, cinematography side, costume side, editing side and how he knew which actors to do which part etc. MGR is multi faceted that was proved if you watch Nadodi Mannan. We cannot put MGR into a position of mere actor alone.

When he talks about the story part he says that I am not blind sided that Nadodi Mannan does not have any minus points and I am not that stupid, but I can say that it does not have more minus points. See how humbly he uses the words. MGR further goes into how the story was developed in the year 1937-38 he was in the shooting of Maya Machindra, in Calcutta (Kolkatta) one day he went with his friends to watch a Hollywood movie “If I were King” acted by Ronald Colman, one of the scene the Hero says If I become a King … but MGR did not follow what the dialogues his mind was revolving around the words If I become a King. That is the day when Nadodi Mannan was seeded in his mind, it developed slowly when the time was ripe, MGR went on to produce the movie. Why did he produce then? Because he said it is an experiment so I did not want other producers to loose money if the film fails.

The Seed for Nadodi Mannan

First the movie was named Uthamaputhiran with MGR and Nadigar Thilagam with same movie title. MGR then re christened the name into Nadodi Mannan with a hint on it is remake of Prisoner of Zenda at first. In the shooting of Alibaba actress Bhanumathy questioned MGR that she was also producing the same movie with the same story. She asked MGR to discontinue the movie, but MGR said politely that this story only had the King’s character from the movie but the others are different. And that he has nurtured the story for years and he has the idea to direct also. She was hesitant at first, then after some days, Bhanumathy told that she has stopped the movie that you can now take the movie as you wish, MGR thanked her whole heartedly. (Can any one in the calibre of MGR can tell the truth like this).

Here is the Intro for most important characters of the movie, starting with M.N.Nambiyar who is also has the right to become King, if you watched whole movie you will understand that MGR has given costly costumes to Nambiyar in this movie, and also that Nambiyar is good looking. Watch for the line of Nambiyar in this clip. Followed by most memorable song “Thoongathey thambi thoongathey” written by Pattukottai Kalyana Sundaram. Followed by the clip showing the camera angle the creativity of MGR and Ramu (Camera Man) imagining the point of view of Bhanumathy through the ventilator shaft. A great achievement of those days for camera angle.

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The intro of King MGR in a Chariot, look closely the intricate details of the chariot, it looks very royal. How much did MGR has spent for this chariot alone.

Double Action Scenes:

This is a video clip for the for the technical brilliance of MGR for the movie “Nadodi Mannan” the first conversation scene of King and the Wanderer and other scenes. Those days double action scenes are done by mask shot, that is covering half side of the film and shooting with one character and re shooting the other half of the film with other character. The character and as well the Director and Camera man should know the scene very well and they should have a good memory, the lighting plays a major role also. See editing technique of three individual shots in 2 seconds first shot King MGR walking from the left, next medium long shot showing King MGR, Wanderer MGR and the two ministers third shot both of them all these in 2 seconds. The editor was first Arumugam, he resigned from the project then came Perumal he was upto the editor for Black and white portion, he was unable to work for the remaining portions, and the assistant editors also withdrew from the project the colour portion was completed by Jambu, and he asked MGR not to mention his name in the title card. (This was said by the Director, Producer MGR)

When King and Wanderer starts the conversation about the kingdom and the condition of the poor people the dialogues shifts from the ability of the king and commons, both MGR will be sitting in arms distance, left side was King, right was Wanderer, camera was on the side of Wanderer now then the camera pans to the left for the conversation part of King. The movement part is small or tiny for the camera, you cannot see any jerk as we know both the characters are MGR. Such is the work of the camera man Ramu. Watch the eye movement of Wanderer when King speaks his condition and his plans.

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The conversation scene between King and Wanderer is good example for double action scenes, concentration should be on the technical side but remember the dialogues are also very well written and used by MGR, the dialogues are by Kannadasan and Ravindran a good balance between audio and visual.

I added this clip to continue to show the brilliance, very simple technique but awesome to watch. Wanderer as King was speaking with the Queen enacted by M.N.Rajam. These characters standing near a big glass window. M.G.Chakrapani takes King MGR to show him that his wife is cheating King MGR. The camera shows Wanderer and Queen now the camera turns left to show the King entwined by his enemies. First it appeared to me two shots interconnected. I slowed the clip and watched frame by frame there was no jerk, here the distance between both MGR characters are more when compared to the above conversation scene between King and Wanderer. With second one I came to conclusion that Wanderer and Queen shot is back projection and the camera spins to King MGR side that is live character, watch the camera gets inside the set and you can see 3D view of King MGR side.

Dialogue Scenes:

I think this is one movie were MGR has spoken a lot of dialogues the dialogues are not lengthy which is supposed to be protocol for historical movies. The time was 1958 the dialogue was ruling the tamil movie world. Kannadasan who was also a D.M.K. and Ravindran is very close to MGR. Both the writers had one concept that worked well. MGR had told that both of them belonged to same kind of principles that made MGR very easy going with them.

Video clip:

In this clip I took the famous one liners, when Wanderer insists to give him powers to make law, both the Ministers look dumb struck watch now in a second three shots are joined. one shot prime minister looks to the side of Commander, second shot Commander looks to the side of Prime Minister and third the Prime Minister looking to MGR. I conclude that first and third shot are one shot and MGR used the last part of the first shot for third one. Remember the importance is for dialogues only but the visual is balanced evenly.

I added this to glorify MGR because all the Actors in the world have proclaimed some heroic deeds but I feel MGR only had fulfilled what he said in the screen that he had done in his life. Look into the dialogue that he is giving away half of the property to the deaf and dumb. (Remember the Will of MGR in 1986). The other laws Wanderer as King proclaims are the one MGR done in his political career. I think MGR had some time travel mechanism that he knew what are going to be happen in the future.

Video clip:

This one video clip is special that I have touched the cup used by MGR in this movie. Out of these two cups which one I took into my hands I don’t know. Both are looking same. I thank Jr.MGR Pradeep the opportunity to handle the precious glass the important thing which change the Wanderer to become the King.

To be continued.

Nadodi Mannan special

August 15, 2008

Only a week is left for the 50th Year of Nadodi Mannan. A special Book is being done by B.S.Raj. The book will be 65 page fully having the details of Nadodi Mannan, the records from 1958 and to the present day re-releases.

Those who are reading this Blog and interested to write about Nadodi Mannan, can send their mail to and write about the most liked scene in Nadodi Mannan, any interesting details about the movie which will be published in this Blog.

Send the mail on or before 21st of August 2008.

The video work on Nadodi Mannan is half finished. This image is taken from the video.

Nadodi Mannan and Adimai Penn

June 27, 2008

MGR Pictures two movies “Nadodi Mannan” and “Adimai Penn” were re-released in Chennai and other cities from July 2006 and October 2007 respectively. I have updated news already in my previous posts.

“Nadodi Mannan” reached second successful week in Coimbatore Royal below is the ad given in the Daily Thanthi Coimbatore edition. Other theatres are Nanjundeswara – Mettupalayam, Erode – Sangeetha and Tirupur – M.P.S. theater.

Also note the theme used for the ad is same followed by Divya films which released these two movies in Chennai and sub urbs. The movie was released through Raj Ganesh Films, Madurai.

Over whelming support continues to Adimai Penn also, the collection came to nearly 1 lakh the same movie was released in Natraj just 2 months gap (which I given in my previous post also).

The videos follows soon. Thanks to Yukesh Babu who forwarded the images.

Emperor of Re-Release

June 15, 2008

Nadodi Mannan was re-released on August 2006 followed by Ayirathil Oruvan and Adimai Penn in various centers. In this 1 ½ year these 3 movies screened 3 and 4 shows a day have so far collected more than 1 crore as revenue. Though Ayirathil Oruvan was telecasted in several TV channels but still the movie has the magic to draw crowd.

Adimai Penn

1 Melody (13 days)

2 Bharath (7 days)

3.Abirami (7 days)

4.Sri Brinda (12 days)

5.Kamala (7 days)

6.Rohini complex (7 days)

7.Mahalakshmi (7 days)

8.Natraj (7 days)

9.Gopikrishna (7 days)

10.Bala Murali (7 days)

11.Vetri (12 days)

12.Vigneshwara (7 days)

Nadodi Mannan

1.Albert (10 days)

2.Baby Albert (11 days)

3.Bharath (7 days)

4.Sri Brinda (7 days)

5.Kamala (7 days)

6.Star (7 days)

7.Mahalakshmi (7 days)

8.Pandian (7 days)

9.Natraj (7 days)

10.Ganapathy Ram (7 days)

11.Krishna (7 days)

12.Kamadhenu (7 days)

13.Liberty (7 days)

14.Broadway (7 days)

15.Vijaya (7 days)

16.Noorjahan (7 days)

17.Golden Eagle (7 days)

Ayirathil Oruvan

1.Annai Abirami (7 days)

2.Kamala (7 days)

3.Rohini (7 days)

4.Anna (7 days)

5.Murali Krishna (7 days)

6.Mahalakshmi (7 days)

7.Natraj (7 days)

8.Ganapathy Ram (7 days)

9.Gopikrishna (7 days)

10.Kamadhenu (7 days)

11.Devi Karumari (7 days)

12.Noorjahan (7 days)

13.Select (7 days)

14.Saravana (7 days)

Adimai Penn re-released in Abirami (12 days) Mahalakshmi (7 days), Bharath (7 days), Natraj (7 days) fetched around 10 lakhs in just 5 months.

MGR is not only Box Office Emperor but also Emperor of re-release. Other actors movies past or present are seen only in TV channels but MGR movies are also telecasted in TV channels and re-released in theaters simultaneously.

Data provided by B.S.Raj, Editor “Urimai Kural” magazine and Ma.Ki.Venkat of Ponmanachemmal Sri MGR Bakthargal.

MGR’s Unfinished Movies I

December 29, 2007

Eventhough MGR credited as the Box Office Emperor and has many movie records under his belt some movies had problems in production as well as in releasing. MGR fully acted movie comes to 136 and 2 unfinished movies – Avasara Police 100 and Nallathai Nadu Ketkum released in 1990, totally 138 movies.

Most movies which MGR acted was stopped for various reasons. For example the year such as 1958, 1967 and 1972 were prominent phase in MGR’s movie world. Most of MGR fans know why I describe these years. In 1958 MGR met with an accident while acting in a drama. The wound took 6 months to heal. The term MGR as Action Hero was said to be finished but it did not happen as expected by his rivals. MGR was acting in ‘Malai Nattu Ilavarasan’, ‘Sirikum Silai’, ‘Thungathae Thambi Thungathae’, ‘Silambu Kugai’ and pre production stage of Kalki’s Magnum novel ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ these movies were shelved and did not come back to lime light.

The Ad about Nadodiyin Magan.

And 1967 is the year were MGR almost kissed death. Many movies were renamed and some movies were taken up Jai Shankar and Gemini Ganesh. Of this Inba Nila is one movie. And in fag end of 1972 Political colour played a major role in hampering MGR movie release and production even MGR Pictures Banner suffered a lot. Keep in mind that MGR’s most trusted friend M.A.Chinnappa Devar did not produce any MGR acted movie from 1972. The last he did was ‘Nalla Neram’.

MGR with G.Sakunthala.

The list of unfinished movies comes to nearly 50 and some 20 odds are nearly half finished and remaining 30 odds did not reach shooting stage meaning stopped in the Advertisement level. The size of the Ad is enough to provoke the feelings of MGR fans.

MGR with Surya Kala

Nadodiyin Magan – Second Part of Nadodi Mannan.

Kathiravan Pictures produced this film. The crew involved in Nadodi Mannan was also involved in this movie. The story is by MGR Pictures Story department, Kannadasan wrote dialogue and songs and music by S.M.Subbiah Naidu. The Heroine was G.Sakunthala (the heroine of Manthiri Kumari, who later went to act in comic role) The story starts with the resurrection of N.M.Nambiyar who takes revenge by killing Nadodi and taking up the throne and how Nadodi’s son avenges his father death is the remaining story.

The movie has breathtaking sets and costumes. Some establishing shots and climax are to filmed but unfortunately the movie was dropped.

Now the question arise were is the negative. With todays technology the movie can be finished and can be released. Can some one do it?

I can say that unfinished MGR movies are uncut diamonds.

Images from MGR Ninaivugal, 1994 edition.

Records of Nadodi Mannan III

November 24, 2007

Nadodi Mannan was selected as the Best Film for 1958.

After Madurai Veeran, MGR Pictures Nadodi Mannan reached the 1 Crore Mark collection.

This was the first film to surpass 100 days for the second time re-release in the same theatre. Thiruvannamalai Krishna.

First and only movie released subsequently in 6 movie halls in Srilanka to cross 100 days.

On the function side, MGR was awarded from Anna Durai 110 sovereign Gold Sword. Late in 1985 he gifted the sword to Moogambigai Temple, Karnataka.

MGR is the first Director to get the Best Director award on his debut as Director.

Nadodi Mannan which was released in Salem Town is the only film which reached 25 weeks this record was unbroken until MGR became the Chief Minister.

This was the first Tamil movie screened continuously for 8 weeks in London.

Nadodi Mannan has run time of nearly 4 hours. It is the lengthiest MGR movie so far.

This movie Nadodi Mannan holds the record for the most number of Special Edition issued by 10 national Newspapers and the Indian Movie News of Singapore has also issued a Special Edition on the success of Nadodi Mannan.

And the first movie in the World to show a Political flag as a Banner.

All the Actors and Actress who participated in the film gave a memento, 6 feet Silver Cup which is now in MGR Memorial house.

Records of Nadodi Manan Part II

November 20, 2007

Name of the Movie halls surpassed more than 50 days:

Apara 84 days
Sivaji 84 days
Navrang 56 days

Trivandrum : Chitra 98 days

Ad showing the Success of Nadodi Mannan

Nadodi Mannan was released on Deepavali festive in Singapore and Malaysia, the record follows: Below is the Ad for Nadodi Mannan Release in Singapore and Malaysia.

Foreign countries
Srilanka :
Kingsley 106 days
Raja 107 days
Gaiety 106 days
Central 106 days
Plaza 112 days
Nawaz 101 days

Royal 50 days

Kuala Lumpur Lido, Central all 50 days

Ipoh: Grand and Sun more than 50 days

Royal 50 days

Lido and Rex 50 days

Records of Nadodi Mannan

November 19, 2007

Nadodi Mannan Re-released again. Some info related to Nadodi Mannan
Date of Release 22.8.1958

Name of the Movie halls surpassed 100 day:

Paragon 161 days
Sri Krishna 161 days
Uma 147 days

Photo showing the crowd when ‘Nadodi Mannan’ was released.

Salem : Chiteswara 180 days
Coimbatore : Raja 161 days
Trichy : Roxy 161 days
Madurai : Thangam 140 days
Erode : Krishna 133 days
Thanjai : Yagappa 127 days
Nellai : Popular 120 days
Thiruvannamalai : Krishna 113 days
Nagercoil : Poineer Muthu 105 days
Vellore : Taj 104 days
Karur : Ambikai 102 days
Kadalur : Muthiah 102 days
Dindugal : Central 105 days
Chitoor : Premila 100 days

will continue

Source : Nadodi Mannan Special edition

Nadodi Mannan Revisited Part II

September 18, 2007

As usual MGR Devotee Sathya handed me the Albums including Nadodi Mannan the Fans Effect in Sri Brinda Theatre captured by M.K.Venkat. Instead of uploading the pictures with words I want to do something different, then came the idea to make the pictures of MGR’s Nadodi Mannan into a slide show.

I planned to finish the MGR Slide show in two days, but when I started the work I found my PC is infected with spy ware, malware and all ware which I am not aware… and further Ulead 3D studio exe file in the CD was also infected with virus which I cannot reinstall again. I reverted my plan to work with Ulead Video studio version 9 and Photoshop.

After finishing the video part in one and half week the first impression of the slide show was not satisfactory to me. Something was missing I scratched my head and found out a good audio will give the effect of MGR coming in person, portraying him as Super Hero of Tamil Cinema. I searched online and offline for English movie theme music. Of that I selected two music files one from Ben Hur and second Superman the Movie. Both the movie theme was very good for MGR’s Nadodi Mannan Slide show. But Superman movie came very close to the subject of the Slide show. The theme music was composed by John Williams famous for his Star Wars, Superman, Schindler’s List movies. This was done by John Williams in 1978 for Superman the Movie or Superman I.

With lot of video frame adjustments video effects and re doing the video, the run time came to 1 minute 20 seconds previously it was 3 minutes and 50 seconds or 18 MB. What you will see in the video will be 1 minute and 20 seconds.

Note: Turn on the Speaker and view the Slide show without the music my work is not worthy to watch.

Nadodi Mannan Revisted Part I

August 23, 2007

MGR’s one of the Block Buster movies Nadodi Mannan was re-released in Chennai last year. I have given some insight about the story, characters and also about the reaction of MGR fans.

Here is the reaction of MGR fans captured by the camera for the movie Nadodi Mannan.

Date : 4.8.2006
Time : 5 pm
Venue : Bharath Theatre, Chennai

As usual various MGR Fan clubs started to show their respect and faith in MGR. Garlanding the Big Cut outs, pouring Milk and Giving Sweet Pongal.

Involved Fan clubs:
(1) Kalai Venthan MGR Trust – R.Loganathan and S.S.Perumal
(2) Ponmanachemmal Sri MGR Bakthargal – Yukesh Babu and Sathya
(3) Makkal Thilagam MGR Pothunala Mandram – Raj and Baskar
(4) Ponmanachemmal MGR Bakthargal – M.K.Venkat, B.Unni Krishnan, D.Kumar, G.Raja, S.Velu and others

They placed dozens of Stars, placards and paper cuttings – see the photos below.

Most of the fans were ecstatic when milk was poured over MGR. Some showed “V” sign. Note a fan out stretching both hands, feelings that he has seen God.

After the main function crackers are fired engulfing the whole area with smoke. All these functions takes place in middle of the busy Road. Watch the traffic!

Smokes Smokes Smokes

In the Middle of the Road

These functions are funded by their own earned money nothing came from the Party or Fan clubs as done by other Actors.