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MGR
MGR
MGR
17/01/1917
Nawalapitiya, SriLanka
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Biography - MGR

Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran, popularly known by his initials MGR, was an Indian film actor, producer and politician. Well known as a Tamil activist, he served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu from 1977 until his death in 1987.

MGR was born in Nawalapitiya near Kandy, British Ceylon (present day Sri Lanka), to immigrant Keralite Nair parents — Gopala Menon and Maruthur Satyabhama. (Nairs are traditionally matrilineal, hence he shares his matrilineal family surname "Maruthur"). His family was originally from Vadavannur, Palakkad, Kerala, but his father had migrated with his family to Ceylon.

MGR was a Hindu and portrayed himself as a devotee of Lord Murugan, as is common practice for many Hindus in Sri Lanka. This was during his early days. Later, when he joined the DMK,a pro-rationalist party,he followed the rationalist ideology, though not appearing very aggressively atheistic.However,in later days after he founded his own party following his expulsion from the DMK, he seems to have shown some leaning towards religious faith. He had asked his followers to pray for the success of his AIADMK party.

His followers even prayed for him when it was determined that he had a kidney illness. After his demise, his wife opened up a temple in his name. After his fathers death, he joined a drama troupe called Original Boys. Later, he entered the world of cinema, becoming an actor, and later a director, producer, and editor. MGR married Bargavi also known as Thangamani who died early due to illness. He later married Sathanandavathi who also died soon due to Tuberculosis. M. G. R. married V. N. Janaki a former Tamil film actress as his third wife after the death of his second wife. Janaki divorced her husband Ganapati Bhat, to marry MGR.

Making his film debut in 1935, in the film Sati Leelavati, directed by Ellis Dungan, an American born film director, Generally starring in romance or action films, MGR got his big breakthrough in the 1947 film Rajakumaari, written by M. Karunanidhi. He had the maximum number of all-time blockbusters to his credit at that time viz. Nadodi Mannan, Enga Veetu Pillai and Adimai Pen. He was shot by fellow actor Mohan R. Radha, affecting his ability to speak clearly. He won the National Film Award for Best Actor for the film Rickshakaran. His film Nadodi Mannan, which was produced and directed by himself and released in 1956, and ran to full houses.He also got Bharata ratna.

MGR was a member of the Congress Party till 1953 and he used to wear Kh?d?. In 1953 MGR joined the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) with the help of M. Karunanidhi. He became a vocal Tamil and Dravidian nationalist and prominent member of the DMK] ("Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam" aka Dravidian Progressive Federation). He added glamour to the Dravidian movement which was sweeping Tamil Nadu. He became a member of the state Legislative Council in 1962. He was first elected to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly in 1967. After the death of his mentor, Annadurai, MGR became the treasurer of DMK in 1969 after Karunanidhi became the chief minister.

On the 12th of January 1967, he was shot in the neck by fellow actor M.R. Radha. The bullet was permanently lodged in his neck and his voice damaged. Within hours of the shooting, some 50,000-odd fans had gathered at the hospital where MGR had been taken. People cried in the streets shops closed. For six weeks, he lay in the hospital as fans awaited each report of his health. He was visited by a steady stream of commoners and luminaries of film industry, polity and bureaucracy. The shooting was supposed to be conspired by his unannounced political rival, M.Karunanidhi. From his hospital bed, he conducted his campaign for Madras Legislative Assembly. He won twice the number of votes polled by his Congress rival and the largest vote polled by any candidate for the Assembly.

In 1972, DMK leader Karunanithi started project his first son M.K.Muthu in a big way in film industry and also in politics. Understanding the tactics played by Karunanithi to corner him, MGR started to claim that corruption had grown within the party after the demise of Annadurai and in a public meeting asked for the financial details of the party to be publicized which enraged the leadership of DMK. Consequently, as expected, MGR was expelled from the party, and floated a new party named Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (ADMK), later renamed All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), the only powerful opponent of the DMK.He mobilised the period between 1972-1977 to spread and preach his party ambiition with films like Netru Indru Naalai(1974), Idhayakani(1975) etc..,. He became Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on the 30th of July 1977, remaining in office till his death in 1987. In 1979, members of his party Satyavani Muthu and Aravinda Bala Pajanor, became the first non-Congress politicians from Tamil Nadu to be ministers in the Union Cabinet. The AIADMK won every state assembly election as long as MGR was alive. Although Anna Durai as well as Karunanidhi had acted in stage plays in trivial roles, in their younger days, before becoming chief minister, MGR was the first popular film actor to be a Chief Minister in India.

Once he became Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, he placed great emphasis on social development, especially education. One of his most successful policies was the introduction of the "Mid-day Meal Scheme" introduced by the popular Congress Chief Minister and Kingmaker K Kamaraj to a nutritious Mid-day Meal Scheme in the Government-run and aided schools in Tamil Nadu, which encouraged underprivileged children to attend schools. He also introduced Womens Special buses. He set up a free school for the Cinema Technicians children in Kodambakkam called MGR Primary

MGR Fan Review (99)

How to say i, He is a great and one more thing Mr karunanithi he is missed out good chance for him so many thing wasn't learn from mine boss MGR

S. Alexnder, From bahrain on 29-06-2015

mr.mgr very very good man

vinoth, on 26-05-2015

Mgr is my favourite hero he is kind to poor people he loves children very much he will tell to the people to achieve their aim not to be lazy

vm raja, bangalore on 07-05-2015

idhaya deivam namadhu thalivar tonrinar avar enrum vaum kolki deebam etrinar ulakattin ore kadavul mgr

r.hari mgr, vadaponbarppi on 26-04-2015

Mgr - mgr - mgr he is my heart beat up to my life end

SM.Ramraj, theni on 24-04-2015

can anyone give this song which movie by mgr "innum innum konja vilagu....innum innum konjam palagu.....innum innum konjam urasu....innumm konja neram.........

senthilkumar.p, chennai on 12-04-2015

MGR.is greater man in world. MGR.is greater actor in Tamil nadu. MGR.is very very nice greater man. .MGRennum monru eazhil en mochirukkum.

A.VALAMBURISANGU., Anuppanady,Madurai.625009. on 26-03-2015

On the screen and off the screen MGR is hero. Watch channels of tamilnaadu for MGR songs and movies.What a speed moments in dances and fightings. Because of MGR, Madras state Riksha Wales got bank loans from the government bank loans, from cooperative banks, for purchase of rickshaws. After that govt banks

L. SUKANYA, Vijayawada on 20-03-2015

i was very much attracted by his films. i love him and looks him as one great legend in all our family. avara neerla parka mudilanu oru varutham but avar period la piranthu irukenu ninacha romba santhosam.

R.GOWRI SANKAR, Pudukkottai, Tamilnadu. on 17-03-2015

நான் வாடும் பயிருக்கு வான் முகில் என் தலைவன் எம்.ஜி.ஆர்.புரட்சித்தலைவரின் புகழ் பாடஎனக்குவேறு வாக்குகள் தெரியவில்லை.திரை அரங்கை பாடசாலை ஆக்கிய ஏழைகளின் பசிப்பிணியை போக்கிய அந்த மாபெரும் தலைவன் தான் என் வழி காட்டி.அவர் காலத்தின் வழிகாட்டி.தலைவரின் 136திரைப்படங்களும் மனிதனுக்கு படிப்பினையை தரும் சக்தி கொண்டது.வாழ்க புரட்சிதலைவர் MGR நாமம்

VELRAJ ARUMUGAM, tyford estate,idukki,kerala on 08-03-2015

Mgr is very gread person

karthik, labis ,johor,malaysia on 05-03-2015

mgr illamal tamilnadu ezhai makkal ?????

thiru, delhi on 25-02-2015

MGR ONLY GOD FOR THE POOR PEOPE .NO ONE EQUAL FOR TALAIVAR MGR

BABU, cuddalore on 18-02-2015

i HAVE NOT SEEN HIM, i TRIED TO SEE HIM, iT HAS NOT HAPPENED, I AM VERY SAD STILL NOW, BECAUSE I MISSED SUCH BEAUTIFUL AND WONDERFUL PERSON IN MY LIFE. BUT I SEE ONLY HIS SONGS AND LISTEN TO HIS SONGS,

M.RAJA, BANGALORE on 17-02-2015

M.G.R. the letter is a magical word which was spelled by people of yester years. His style and activeness liked me in most of his films for eg. His first appearance in OLI VILAKKU, NADODI MANNAN @so on.

duraisamy, Mettupalayam on 05-02-2015

Great hero mgr

m.venkatesh, tirupati on 31-01-2015

purachithalaivar MGR en urier muchi

ramesh, pondicherry on 29-01-2015

இருபதாம் நூற்றாண்டின் பிற்பகுதியில் தமிழர்கள் அதிகமாய்உச்சரித்த ஆங்கிலச்சொல் எம்.ஜி .ஆர் ஆங்கில எழுத்துக்கள் 26 எந்த எழுத்தை வேண்டுமானாலும் மறந்துவிடலாம் அந்த 3 எழுத்தை மட்டும் மறக்கவேமாட்டார்கள் அதுதான் எம் .ஜி .ஆர் ! இங்குள்ள ஏராளமான கருத்துக்களை படிக்கிற போது 21ஆம் நூற்றாண்டிலும் அது தொடர்வது விந்தையிலும் விந்தை!

Chandru , Paris France on 18-01-2015

The first word comes out of his mouth when people meet him in his house is "HAD FOOD" he is a great leader

Anonymous, Chennai on 05-01-2015

The secret of success for MGR: 1. He praised his mother 2. He respected Ladies 3. He does not drink liquor nor allow others to drink 4. He was VADHYAR (Teacher) 5. He was Karnan 6. He knows what is hungry 7. He was satisfied by making others to eat 8. He will not take others money 9. He earned for his living 10. He was down to earth in living I am practising to be like an MGR but I am not pretending There is only one SUN in the solar syhstem. There is only one MGR in the world. He will live with the masses for 100 years Raghavan

Rajagopalachari Raghavan, Bangalore on 30-12-2014

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