MGR's 101st birth centenary observed in Tamil Nadu
On the 101st birth anniversary of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MG Ramachandran, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam distributed Biryani to party workers at AIADMK party office.
Also, AIADMK leaders and cadres took out a procession to his statue at the new bus stand and garlanded it on the occasion.
Meanwhile, Rajinikanth would be the chief guest at the pooja launch of the late chief minister's dream project Kizhakku Africavil Raju. It is being made as a motion capture film by Prabhu Deva Studios in association with Vels Film International.
The late MGR, after he joined politics, came out with a blockbuster Ulagam Sutrum Valiban (1973). The film had a tough time getting released as the then DMK government headed by Karunanidhi tried to stop its release. After that, the star who had just launched his party, announced a new film again, an action adventure to be shot around the world, titled Kizhakku Africavil Raju. The film never materialised as MGR got busy with his political career.
Born on January 17, 1917, MGR was a star in Tamil cinema before joining Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). He founded the AIADMK following a feud with DMK chief M. Karunanidhi in 1972 and went on to serve as chief minister of Tamil Nadu between 1977 and 1987. MGR is also a recipient of India's highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, and was instrumental in launching the late former chief minister of the state Jayalalithaa into active politics.