Jupiter Pictures joined hands with Mekala Pictures and made “Naam”which was written by Mu. Karunanidhi, one of the partners in the production. It was directed by an editor-turned-director A.Kasilingam, with music by C. S. Jayaraman. The film had M. G.Ramachandran and V. N. Janaki in lead roles with M. N. Nambiar, P. K.Saraswathi, P. S. Veerappa and M. G. Chakrapani.
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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