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Unfinished Movies from 1970 to 1978

March 29, 2009
Special Post by S.Vinod, from Bangalore the then member of North Arcot MGR Fans Association and Bharath MGR Kalai Kuzhu Bangalore.

SOME OF THE MOVIES NAME WHICH MGR SIGNED TO ACT BUT NOT HAPPENED. THIS NEWS CAME IN TAMIL DAILY’S DURING 1970 -1976.

1 .GANGAIYILIRUNDHU KREMLIN VARAI- INDO-RUSSIA COLLABORATION.
LEADING…. MGR..LATHA ETC

2. AADA PIRANTHAVAL…..MGR..JAYALALITHA

3.ORU PENNIN KATHAI …MGR..JAYALALITHA

4. MAKKAL EN PAKKAM…MGR LATHA

5.SAMOOGAME NAAN UNAKKE SONDHAM. MGR LATHA

6.PURATCHI PITHTHAN MGR LATHA

7.NAMMAI PIRIKKA MUDIYATHU… MGR JAYA

8.MARU PIRAVI- DEVAR FLIMS

9. THANTHIYUM MAKANUM DEVAR FLIMS

10.NAMMA VATHTHIYAAR

11.NAANUM ORU THOZHILALI

12.ORIENTAL PICTURES UNTITLED

13.VENUS PICTURES UNTITLED

14.MGR PICTURES KIZHAKU APRIKAVIL RAJU (Second part of Ulagam Sutrum Valiban)

15.KC FILMS

AS PER PAPER AD MOST OF THE MOVIES SHOOTING CARRIED FOR FEW SCHEDULE. SOME MOVIE STILLS ALSO PUBLISHED IN THE DAILIES AND MAGAZINES.

IN 1978 WHEN MGR DECIDE TO ACT ” UNNAI VIDAMATTEN” BUT NOT HAPPENED DUE TO LEGAL DISPUTES. BEFORE THAT NEARLY ABOUT 10 TOP PRODUCERS PLAN TO BOOK MGR FOLLOWED BY UNNAI VIDAMATTEN.

1, SATHYA MOVIES.
2.JAYANTHI FILMS
3.CHITHRALAYA
4.DEVAR FILMS
5.VALLI FILMS
6.RR PICTURES
7.KC FILMS
8.JAYAAR MOVIES
9.VENUS PICTURES
10.UMAIYAMBIGAI PRODUCTIONS

TWO MOVIES BEFORE THIS PERIOD ARE

1.ELLAI KAVALAN
2.VAAZHU VAAZHAVIDU

BUT IT IS UNFORTUNATE TO THE MGR FANS. IF MGR CONTINUED TO ACT MEANS WE WERE LUCKY TO WATCH THE ABOVE SAID MGR FILMS.

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MGR’s Unfinished movies II

March 12, 2008

By the end of 1969 MGR went on to make a movie under the Banner MGR Productions “Inaintha Kaigal”. The story was inspired from a Hindi film Prithiviraj Kapoor’s “Daktha Mansoor”. The story is real one from the life of Muslim Chief Mansoor who lived in Iran.

Arrangements were made the story draft was changed 3 times before it went on to shooting stage. N.T.Ramarao was booked for the Telugu version of this movie. A grand function was held in Sathya studios on the first day shooting of the movie, presided by Kalaignar Karunanidhi.The crew involved in this movie are M.S.Viswanathan – Music, Lyrics by Vali and Pulavar Vedha, Camera by V.Ramamurthy, Story – Syed Hajah Mohideen alias Ravindran, Dialogues by Sornam, Jambu for Editing, Stunts by Shyam Sundar, Arts by Anga Muthu and Direction by Chanakya.


The Ad placed in Daily Thanthi

Story : Mansoor was born in Royal family, circumstances make Mansoor and his mother get separated from the family. Mansoor was raised by a Poor man named Moosa. Mansoor becomes a thief for living. Years roll by, Mansoor helps the poor and needy by giving them food, care and money, and stand for their cause and against the reigning King. An incident happens that he becomes changed man when he falls in Love with a girl who is a princess. Her father is Harun Al Rashid. Mansoor gets to know his birth mystery. He get assisted by his Lover. A greater task was kept in front of Mansoor to provide water to her Kingdom. He triumphantly performs the task by breaking the mountain with that he gets to know about his Mother and finds her and finally the throne he rightly owned.

MGR planned to introduce Iranian Actress as the heroine for this movie.

Four songs were recorded three usual movie songs and one lengthy Kavali type song. The songs such as

a. Nilavu Oru Pennagi (the song was used in Ulagam Sutrum Valiban – MGR and Manjula)

b. Aval Oru Navarasa Nadagam (this song also used in Ulagam Sutrum Valiban – MGR and Latha the one with water ballad)

c. Konjam Neram Ennai Marenthan (this song was used in Sirithu Vazha Vendum – MGR and Latha, remember both of them in lots of costumes for that song)

A forest set was made in Sathya Studio and shots were taken as MGR saving four girls and some dialogue scene between MGR and orphan children.


MGR and Geethanjali in Inaintha Kaigal

When the shots in studio were completed MGR asked Chitra Krishnasamy to get the permission from the Iran Government to shoot the movie in their country. The situation changed when Chitra Krishnasamy went to meet the Government they asked the story, after reading the story they denied permission. The reason the then Iran country was ruled by a King, it is capital punishment to mock a King or telling a story a thief becoming a King. King and Queen are highly placed and they do not want such a story to be shot in their country. Chitra Krishnasamy returned home and he told the sad story.

Story writer had a chance meeting Fartheen an International actor who is also one of the member from the Royal Family and asked can he do any help regarding picturising the movie. He firmly said you can ask the King to give the greatest treasures from his kingdom but not this kind of story. We are very strict we did not like disrespecting the King and Queen. You might have seen that all the foreign movies running in Iran are dubbed and released in Persian language. The Censor board is very powerful than our Police. I cannot help regarding this movie.

Then MGR made a 4th draft changing the back drop to India. Some characters are to be deleted and new ones to be created. When M.G.Chakrapani was asked to take the role of the King Rashid he did not accept and went on to take the role of Poor Moosa. He acted in the role of raising the child character Mansoor because he desired to raise MGR’s son in real life but that did not happen for that he wanted to act as Poor Moosa to raise MGR’s son in reel life. 5th draft was made and Actress Geethanjali acted with MGR for some scenes.

The movie was dropped the reason unknown then MGR went on to make “Ulagam Sutrum Valiban”.

MGR asked the story department for lavishness in the movie. Imagine the scene of breaking the mountain and the rushing water in those days. 3 Dream songs in Iranian back drop. The sets are inspired from Arabian Nights story. Costumes that MGR used is very different and shows individuality. Apart from the head dress MGR keeps the knife in his throat.

Excerpts from Nenjil Neraiantha Ponmanachemmal and image from Ithayakani magazine November 2003 issue.

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.