He wrote the breakthrough films for both MGR and shvagi ganeshan: Unsung truth about M Karunanidhi

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Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M Karunanidhi is 95-year-old, but age is just a number for the veteran politician of Tamil Nadu.
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M Karunanidhi is 95-year-old, but age is just a number for the veteran politician of Tamil Nadu.

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M Karunanidhi is 95-year-old, but age is just a number for the veteran politician of Tamil Nadu. 95 years of age, 60 years of active politics, 30 years of cinema.

Here are some lesser known facts about Kalaignar Karunanidhi.

HE STARTED VOICING POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES AT THE AGE OF 14

Karunanidhi started supporting and voicing political ideologies at the age of 14. He founded an organisation for the local youth of his locality. He was one of the forerunners of the Dravidian movement.

HE HOLDS THE RECORD FOR NEVER LOSING HIS SEAT AT THE ELECTIONS

In a political career spanning more than 60 years, he holds the record for never losing a seat in the elections he contested.

HIS ORIGINAL NAME WAS DAKSHINAMOORTHY

Karunanidhi’s original name was Dakshinamoorthy. He was born in Thirukuvalai, Tiruvarur district in the year 1924
Brief family history: Karunanidhi got married thrice. His first wife was Padmavathy Ammal, with whom he had a son M K Muthu, but both of them died at young age. Then, he got married to Dayalu Ammal, with whom he has four children– M K Alagiri, M K Stalin, M K Tamilarasu and Selvi. His third wife is Rajathiammal, with whom he has a daughter– Kanimozhi.
SHIVAJI GANESHA’S FIRST MOVIE WAS WRITTEN BY HIM

Parasakthi the movie in which Sivaji Ganesan made his debut was written by Karunanidhi. The film was noted for its dialogues and it features the famous ‘Odinen dialogue. It was a film that acquired cult status in Tamil Cinema.

SOME OF HIS WORKS WERE BANNED DURING HIS EARLY CAREER

Karunanidhi faced protests for his writings initially. Parasakthi faced controversies because of its portrayal of Hindu customs and practices in poor light. The then ruling State government even demanded the film be banned. Two of his plays were banned initially.

HE WROTE THE BREAKTHROUGH FILMS FOR BOTH MGR AND SIVAJI GANESAN

He wrote the screenplay for the breakthrough films of both MGR Sivaji Ganesan. History has it that Manthiri Kumari is the film which gave MGR his breakthrough. Similarly, Parasakthi was the film that gave Sivaji Ganesan his breakthrough. Both the films were written by Karunanidhi

HE HAS BEEN ELECTED AS MLA FOR A RECORD NUMBER OF TIMES

He has been elected to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly for a record 12 times as an MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly).

IRUVAR IS BASED ON HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH MGR

The 1997 film Iruvar directed by Mani Ratnam featuring Mohan Lal, Prakash Raj, Aishwarya Rai and Tabu is based on his relationship with MGR

HE WROTE ELLIS DUNGAN’S LAST DIRECTORIAL

He wrote the screenplay for Ellis Dungan’s last film. Ellis Dungan is the American film director who is credited for revolutionizing Tamil cinema. His, the last film was Manthiri Kumari.

THE ELDEST CHIEF MINISTER OF TAMIL NADU

In 2006, when he assumed office as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, he became the oldest serving Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

Controversies:

In 2007, his remarks over Lord Rama in connection with Ramsetu bridge stormed a huge political controversy when he allegedly said, “Some say there was a person over 1.7 million years ago. His name was Rama. Do not touch the bridge (Ramar Sethu) constructed by him. Who is this Rama? From which engineering college did he graduate? Is there any proof for this?” In April 2009, Karunanidhi landed in a controversy when he said that he did not view Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam chief Velupillai Prabhakaran as a terrorist

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