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To day Oct 17 2009 AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa visited the party headquarters and hoisted the party flag on the occasion of the 37th anniversary of the founding day of the party.
MGR's Grandson M.G.C.B.Pradeep Hoisted AIADMK Flag at Valsaravakkam ,Chennai ,India on oct17 2009
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Saturday, September 26, 2009
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Recently Chiranjeevi's son Ram Charan Teja acted in a movie "Magadheera" was released in Andhra Pradesh. The movie was a mega hit. In the place of "Nagari ",the movie was running houseful, until our Great Leader M.G.R's movie "Adimai Penn" was released, everything changed. A new Telugu movie cannot stand against a 40 year old movie. That is the power of our Great Leader M.G.R.
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Sunday, August 23, 2009
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009
At 5.30pm all our Makkal Thilagam Fans from various districts slowly starting assembling for the programme. At 6.00pm Chief Guests started arriving . Stunt shankar sir,Mr.Pulavar Pulamai Pithan,Mr.P.N.Sundram ,M.G.Chakrapani Family,Actress Rajasri ,Actress Rajasulochana,Actress Bavani ,Actress Jayakumari,Actress Sachu,B.S.Saroja,Lyricist Na.Kamarasan,Lyricist Muthulingam,Lyricist Puvai Sengutavan,Satya Studio Hari ,MGR Muthu (Manager of MGR Memorial Hall),S.A.Algarsamy ,Actress Venniradai Nirmala and Sudha vijayan (V.N.Janaki's Neice).
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Friday, June 26, 2009
COMING SOON SUPER HIT MOVIE
Salem and South Arcot
M.G. Ramachandran (J.Balasubramaniyam)
Saroja Devi B.
Music : M.S.Viswanathan
Produced by : AVM Productions
Director: A.C. Trilogchander
Story View (click here)
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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Friday, May 29, 2009
Cast : M.C.Sukumar,Ummer K.P, Sankaradi, Sreelatha, Sarada, Vidhubala
Story,Screenplay,Dialogues :Thoppil Bhasi
Music by :M.S.Viswanathan
Produced by :Moorthy K.S.R
Click Here To Listen The Songs
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
This film did fairly well and Mekala unit received Rs. 50,000 as share of the profits. MGR and Janaki were also partners along with Karunanidhi and others. Misunderstandings arose over the division ofthe profits with MGR and MK which resulted in MGR breaking an armchair during the partners’ meeting.? (An insider who wishes to remain anonymous who worked on the production of this film revealed this interesting tidbit.)
MGR had another successful film “Genova” in which he was paired with B. S. Saroja.? A story with a Christian background it was made in Tamil and Malayalam too. It was directed by the veteran F.Nagoor. Others in the cast included M. G. Chakrapani, P. Kannamba, P.S. Veerappa and T. S. Dorairaj.? A wedding sequence in this film was shot at the church inside the Loyola College compound, a rare eventand novelty in that day.
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Sunday, May 24, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
M. G. Ramachandran (Character Name :Vijayakumar, a commander)
T. S. Balaiah
M. N. Nambiar
V. N. Janaki
Music : S.M.Subbiah Naidu
Story by A.S.A.Sami
Produced by Jupiter Films
Direction by Lanka Sathyam
Mohini, produced by the noted motion picture house of yesteryear Jupiter Pictures at Coimbatore, was an amalgam of William Shakespeare’s lesser-known play, “Two Gentlemen of Verona”, and the popular Arabian Nights’ tale “The Magic Horse”. It was written by professor-turned-writer-director, A. S. A. Sami, an expert at adapting literary classics into Tamil screenplays. The dialogue was penned by S. D. Sundaram. As Sami was too busy with many projects, Lanka Sathyam, a Telugu film actor and director, hardly remembered today, was chosen to direct the film. He had earlier directed two Tamil films Shanbhagavalli and Lakshmi Vijayam.
Mohini had an impressive cast — V. N. Janaki, Madhuri Devi, T. S. Balaiah, M. G. Ramachandran, Pulimoottai Ramaswami, M. N. Nambiar and R. Balasubramaniam. Interestingly, MGR had only a supporting role (his name appeared second in the credits, next to T. S. Balaiah as ‘M. G. Ramachandar’, that was how he spelt his name during early 1940s to be different from the then popular T. R. Ramachandran). Balaiah played the male lead and Madhuri Devi, his lady-love.
Mohini earned a footnote in the history of Tamil cinema as the first picture in which MGR and Janaki were cast as the romantic pair. They had acted earlier in M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar’s come-back film (which sadly left him behind) Raja Mukthi, but they were not paired in the film.
However, the roots of MGR’s social activism as do-gooder and champion of the under-dog were seen in this film. In a forest-scene, he rushes to rescue a family travelling in a bullock-cart from being robbed by a gang (a not yet known M. M. A. Chinnappa Thevar as the main robber, a minor role!). MGR also did sword-fighting scenes for which he was already gaining a reputation.
After Lanka Sathyam had made some progress, the Jupiter bosses were not happy with the results. Besides, the scenes with the flying horse needed ‘trick’ photography and technical know-how, which Sathyam did not obviously possess. K. Ramnoth, the sadly neglected movie maestro, then working for Jupiter Pictures, took over and shot the scenes of the flying horse. When the picture was completed, he insisted that only Sathyam’s name should appear in the credits. That was Ramnoth.
Mohini was well received and it was in this movie the real life romance between Janaki and MGR blossomed, leading to their marriage later.
After the demise of MGR when Janaki was the Chief Minister for a few weeks, Mohini was re-edited bestowing more importance on the MGR-VNJ pair, as part of the State election-image-building strategy by the Janaki-headed party. But it did not work.
Remembered for: the first film of MGR-Janaki as romantic pair and the ‘flying horse’ scenes!
Courtsey : Hindu
Released On: 26-10-1948
Ran for 133 days
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31.03.38 Dakshya yagnam
03.03.43 Thaasi Penn
13.03.64 En Kadamai
27.03.65 Panam Padaithavan
15.03.68 Kudiryatha Koil
10.03.72 Nalla Neram
19.03.76 Nithikku Thalaivangu
Sunday, March 8, 2009
P. V. Narasimha Bharathi,
T. P. Muthulakshmi,
M. G. Chakrapani,
Story : BHARATIDASAN
Cameraman: J. G. VIJAYAN
Composer: G. RAMANATHAN
Produced by : Mordern Theatres
Directed by : Ellis.R.Duncan
One of the classics of Tamil Literature, “Edhirparaadha Mutham’ (Unexpected Kiss) by the Pondicherry-based Puratchi Kavignar Bharathidasan, was chosen by South Indian movie mogul and boss of Modern Theatres, Salem, T. R. Sundaram, to be made into a film. TRS, as he was familiarly known, was friendly with the renowned poet who had a healthy interest in the film medium. He had written the story and dialogue for the Modern Theatres box-office bonanza, Aayiram Thalai Vaangi Apoorva Chintamani. As a rationalist he did not want his name in the credits of that film, an incredible folk tale.
TRS engaged the American Tamil filmmaker Ellis R. Dungan to direct this film, and the Hollywood-trained technician, who introduced new methods of onscreen narration into Tamil cinema with his Sathi Leelavathi, invested Ponmudi with glamour, glitz and gloss, which were far ahead of its time. He introduced daring love sequences featuring the hero Narasimha Bharathi and the heroine Madhuri Devi in the film which were somewhat shocking to the conservative audiences of the 1950s. For a lovemaking sequence on the beach, he arranged for the sand from the Adyar beach to be brought to the studio in Salem and shot the sequence, , mixing it with long shots of the Elliot’s Beach.
Ponmudi had melodious music (composed by G. Ramanathan) with Ramanathan himself singing the duets with T. V. Ratnam (voice for Madhuri Devi). The lyrics were by Marudhakasi-Ka. Mu. Sheriff. Though most of such duets were straight lifts from popular Hindi movies, the songs became popular.
The epic story was perhaps inspired by the Romeo and Juliet classic and depicted the love between a young man and a woman belonging to two different families. Expectedly problems arise and many twists and turns take place with abduction by tribals and such exotic elements woven into the storyline. M. G. Chakrapani played the villainous tribal leader.
As one would expect from a Dungan movie, Ponmudi had excellent technical values with good cinematography (J. G. Vijayam) and slick editing supervised by Dungan, an excellent editor. The outdoor photography of sequences in and around the hills of Yercaud was a treat to watch. The impressive camera work by Vijayam well guided by Dungan won him much acclaim and also an award.
The lead pair, Narasimha Bharathi and Madhuri Devi, lived their roles. Well-known character actor R. Balasubramaniam played the father. In spite of the classic status of the original story, the writing of Bharathidasan, the music of G. Ramanathan, the picturesque photography and, above all, the deft direction of Dungan, Ponmudi did not do well. This was because the intimate scenes seemed to have shocked the average moviegoer.
Remembered for its pleasing music, captivating photography and taut on-screen narration of Ellis R. Dungan.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
M.G.Ramachandran (charcter name :Mohan & a Jester)
N.S Narayan Pillai
S.M Thirupati Sami
Lyrics :Pattukottai Kalyan Sundram
Music : K.V.Mahadevan
Editing & Assistant Direction : S.Natarajan
Produced by :Sarodi Brothers
Directed by : A.Kasilingam
Story View :
When the Hritik Roshan starrer ‘kOi mil gayaa’ was released in 2003, the media went overboard portraying the movie the first ever effort at science fiction in the history of Indian cinema. And as usual they failed to look beyond the Vindhyas when they made this outrageous claim- for Tamil cinema had explored this genre much earlier. Even if you discount the 1953 Indo-American venture ‘The Jungle/ kaadu’ (Lippert Pictures & The Modern Theaters) as a mere forest frolic with just the climax verging on science- fiction, Tamil cinema had a first class science-fiction entertainer in ‘kalai arasi’ released 40 years before ‘kOi mil gayaa’.‘The earth is the cradle of mankind - one cannot remain in the cradle forever’ declared Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. Perhaps T.E. Gnanamoorthi M.A., B.O.L. was inspired by these words, for he wrote a story that was an engrossing blend of adventure and romance, with space travel as the amazing backdrop.
The story goes like this. Mohan is a poor, but honest and hard-working farmer. Vani is the daughter of the rich landlord who lives in the city while their lands are under the supervision of her cousin and suitor, the wily Kannan. On a visit to the village with her friends, Vani meets Mohan; Mohan and Vani find themselves falling in love with each other gradually. Meanwhile a spacecraft is moving rapidly towards the earth. Inside are two alien creatures who resemble earthly humans. From their conversation we understand that they are traveling to the earth on a strange mission. Apparently their planet has made far-reaching strides in science, but is woefully backward in performing arts. Hence they are coming to the earth to identify and take back a talented artiste who could teach their denizens music and dance. As they near the earth, one of the aliens, Thinna, who is the commander-in-chief of their planet, switches on a monitor, and the screen shows music and dance performances in various parts of the earth. He seems to be dissatisfied with them all, until he comes across Vani singing. He is mesmerized with her performance and decides that she would best suit their purpose.
Returning home after a clandestine moonlight rendezvous with Mohan, Vani falls into the clutches of the aliens. Thinna drags her inside the spacecraft, while the other alien Malla elects to stay on in the earth for a while. Vani is shocked when she finds herself far away from the earth. The king of the alien planet assures her that she will return safely after she had taught them dance and music. Vani is defiant and furious. However, princess Rajini treats her kindly and Vani agrees to teach her. Meanwhile back in the earth Vani’s father blames Kannan for Vani’s disappearance. Kannan goes in search of Vani and comes across a mentally deranged girl called Valli who bears a startling resemblance to Vani. Assuming that she is Vani, he gets her kidnapped and brings her home. Saddened to see his daughter a lunatic, Vani’s father agrees for Kannan to get married to her, and thus Kannan marries the poor Valli, under the assumption that he is marrying the rich heiress Vani.Mohan spies the alien Malla one night as Malla is getting ready to return to his planet. They have a brief skirmish and Malla dies. Thinna lands in his spacecraft just then to take Malla home. He sees Malla’s corpse and places it in an ante-chamber inside the craft. Watching all this, Mohan enters the craft quickly, and dragging Malla’s corpse out, he jumps into the ante-chamber.
To be Contd...
Released on :19.4.1963
Ran For : 100 days
Source From :Dhool
Thursday, February 19, 2009
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Nagesh (Gunddu Rao )born on September 27, 1933 and died on January 31, 2009 was a veteran Indian comedian actor in Kollywood. Even today the name evokes a mixed response in the minds of Tamil filmgoers, not just as a comedian who had them rolling in the aisles, but also as a character artiste who moved them to tears with his sensitive performance in films like Neer Kumizhi, Yarukkaga Azhuthan" and Edhir Neechal.
Born as Gunddu Rao in a Brahmin community, Nagesh was born to Kannada speaking Brahmin Madhwa parents. He walked out of his house telling his parents that he would be back only after establishing himself in some career. In Chennai, he stayed in a one-room bed-sit at West Mambalam (then a remote area) with lyricist Vaali and veteran actor Srikanth. He found a small time job in the Indian Railways, but he was not satisfied. One day, he saw a Tamil play Kamba Ramayanam enacted by his colleagues, and felt that he could do a good job. He persuaded the secretary of the Railways cultural association to give him the role of a man suffering from stomach pain. MGR, then chief guest, seeing this play, in his speech praised Nagesh for his performance. From then onwards, Nagesh played small roles in various drama troupes and kept himself busy.
It was producer Balaji who spotted him and gave him his first break in films. The most memorable performance of Nagesh out of the 1000 odd films he has acted in is his role in 'Thiruvillayadal' in which he speaks a soliloquy that is one of the most memorable scenes in the film.
He played a poet falling on bad times in the film. When Sivaji who played Siva in the film saw it he asked the director to retain it in full without a cut. Directors like Sridhar and Balachander were those who brought out the acting talents of Nagesh. In 'Kathalika Neramillai' Nagesh narrates a story to Baliah and the way it was narrated brought down the theatre in laughter. In 'Apoorva Raagangal' he plays a drunkard who talks to his shadow and then finishes his dialogue by saying 'Cheers' and throwing the cup on the wall. In the theatres where the film was shown the audience imitated him and threw cups on the wall of the lobby during interval. Yet another memorable performance was as the villianous comic pimp in 'Thillana Mohannambal' starring Sivaji and Padmini and Anbe Vaa & Enga veetu Pillai Filmswith M.G.R were hilarious. . More recently he played a dead man in 'Magalir Mattum' produced by Kamalhassan and the scenes involving Nagesh were hilarious.
He died on 31 January, 2009 at the age of 77 due diabetes and a heart ailment while he was admitted in Balaji Hospital. He is survived by three sons, including actor Anand Babu
May His soul Rest in Peace
Monday, January 26, 2009
M.G.Ramachandran( Character Name :Sundar),
C. V. V. Panthulu,
Story View :
The film had pleasing music (S. V. Venkataraman) with lyrics by Papanasam Sivan, Thanjai Ramaiah Das, Lakshmana Das and Kuyilan. Gopalakrishnan, a graduate, took part in the Freedom Movement and also worked in movies. He was associated with S. S. Vasan and directed the Gemini Studios’ box office hit of 1948, Chakradhari. Though he made a few films, he didn’t meet with much success. He is scarcely remembered today and many mistake him for the other K. S. Gopalakrishnan, a successful Tamil filmmaker.
However, Panakkari failed at the box office, mainly because of its ‘anti sentimental’ storyline. During the same period, another film, Pitchaikkari, a remake of a Malayalam film, proved a major hit and gave rise to a joke in the Madras movie circles —‘Those who bought Panakkari became pitchaikkaarans (beggars), while buyers of Pitchaikkari became panakkarans (rich men)!
Remembered for its different storyline, high production values and impressive performances by Nagaiah, Rajakumari and MGR.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
M. G. Ramachandran (credited as 'G.Ramachandran),
M.G.Chakrapani (credited as 'G.Chakrapani),K. P. Kesavan, K. K. Perumal,M. M. Radhabai,
T. S.Krishnaveni,T. S. Balaiah,S. N. Vijayalakshmi,
P. G.Venkatesan,S. N. Kannamani.
Parameswari Sound Pictures,
A family tale of two brothers with wives cast in different moulds, onedocile and subservient and the other greedy and scandal mongering.The younger brother (Kesavan) is well versed in music and other artsgoes to Madras to earn money to� keep the family floating and the wolfaway from its thin doors.� Thanks to a Good Samaritan he gets a breakand makes a name as a stage artiste.� The money he sends for theupkeep of the family is received by the troublesome sister-in-law whoforges his wife's signature.� After many twists and turns wisdom dawnson the troublesome sister-in-law and her wayward husband and thanks tothe goodness of the actor brother and his good wife the family isunited once more, proving the father's dying words, "a split familynever prospers"…
"Iru Sahodarargal" (also known as "Two Brothers") was written by notedTamil scholar poet, writer and also filmmaker S. D. S. Yogi and wasdirected by the celebrated American Tamil filmmaker Ellis R. Dungan,his second film which came out after his successful debut in "SathiLeelavathi" (1936). The film produced by the noted Coimbatore-basedproducer of that decade Parameswaran Chettiar, was shot in Bombay at Saroj Movietone Studios.
Kesavan, the hero and the younger brother was one of the leadingactors of the 1930s. An import from theatre he was for a short periodvery popular with many hits to his credit like "Bambai Mail" "PunjabKesari" and others. He also sang well. Not many are aware that hewas the role model of M. G. Ramachandran.A Rationalist during aperiod when such persons were rare he refused to act in godly roleswhich ultimately led to the decline of his career.MGR too followinghim during his early days was reluctant to do such roles. Today K. P.Kesavan is hardly remembered.� Ramachandran and Chakrapani acted in minor roles and were credited with only their initial G, and thus MGRwas G. Ramachandran repeating the role of the policeman while M.G.Chakrapani played the inspector, the role MGR played in "SathiLeelavathi".
To play the role of 'Kuppi Paati' Dungan insisted on casting a 70-yearold woman Alamelu Ammal to lend realism to the role!
Surprisingly the theme and storyline found their way many years laterin the Hindi movie star and producer-director Bhagwan's box officebonanza "Albela".
When this writer drew the attention of the similarity to his friendEllis R. Dungan, he recalled that Bhagwan, not yet famous in 1930s wasa regular visitor to the sets at the Bombay studio and also helped inmany ways with both of them traveling often by tram. "Perhaps thestoryline got stuck in his mind and he used it later, you know,Randor, many do it in movies," Dungan remarked smiling.
Music was provided by Anantharaman and Gopalaswami (now forgotten)with lyrics by S. D. S. Yogi.
"Iru Sahodarargal" fared fairly well at the box office and the careergraph of Ellis R. Dungan began to show the promised upward swing.
The art director S. K. Murthy also designed a rare occurrence, thesong book of the movie in an entirely different fashion whichattracted much attention in those days .(This writer has the only copyof it in his modest archive.)