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.
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Here are some lesser known facts about Kalaignar Karunanidhi.
HE STARTED VOICING POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES AT THE AGE OF 14
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
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
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
DMK MP Kanimozhi arrives at the residence of her father M Karunanidhi in Chennai's Gopalapuram; the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister is being treated for urinary tract infection and being given hospital level treatment at home. pic.twitter.com/YkWgVmrAtM
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HE HAS BEEN ELECTED AS MLA FOR A RECORD NUMBER OF TIMES
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
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.
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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