For the very few who havent heard of this legend he was an actor hailing from Kerala with a childhood in the tea estates of Sri lanka who went on to become a superstar one man emperor of Tamil filmdom
Later catapulated into the Dravidian moment and famously known as the revolutionary leader he started the ADMK after he split from his bete noir and compatriot script writer poet legend Karunanidhi who continues his octogenarian saga even today long after MGR has just become a fond memory of a fair charismatic fur capped dark glassed chief minister of Tamilnadu and being the blood of blood of the Tamils .
MGR was well known for his sincerity concern for the poor and downtrodden and respect to womanhood .
It was reflected in his films which were but extensions of his daily life so while MGR cavorted with a reasonably chubby Jayalalitha who would carry his legacy after his death the people expected him to do nothing less than cavorting with her in real life too .
And on one unfortunate day a villain in his films M.R.Radha became a villain in his life and shot a bullet at him which stuck in his throat .
MGR would outlive the shot to emerge with an image of someone who said tata to thotta which means bye to a bullet .
He emerged with greater popularity after this and his cracked voice due to the bullet became a symbol of his virility and strength .
MGR was known to be a stickler on maintaining his physicue and was known to grow his muscles as much as his votes .
I remember seeing the great man only once
I was studying in Kilpauk medical college then a Government medical college .
We medical students were on a strike and we walked all the way to Fort st George the secretariat to meet the CM to air our grievances.
After that exhausting walk in the sun we waited in the road and suddenly out into the balcony came MGR glowing like a star .
He mumbled a few words to the leaders of our group waved at us gromly and went in .
We were told to go back to our studies and Govt will look into our issues .
we walked back in silence clearly impressed by his charisma
He was a great legend indeed
Just a remembrance ...
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