M G Ramachandran

Other names of M G Ramachandran: Marudhur Gopalan Ramachandran, MGR, Engal Vittu Pillai, Vathiyar, M. G. Ramachandran, Makkal Thilagam, ponmana chemmal, puratchi
Birthday: 17-01-1917
Date of death: 24-12-1987
Star sign: Aquarius

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M G Ramachandran was a demigod for his fans. And he lived up to their expectations. A film actor becoming the Chief minister of a state is no small feat and M G Ramachandran achieved this status. His songs also were inspirational and had loads of positive thoughts in them. Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran, affectionately called as MGR by his fans was born on January 17, 1917. MGR also had a brief stint in direction and production. MGR was the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for a decade continuously and he passed away while he was the Chief Minister. Being an inspirational philanthropist, he was fondly called as Puratchi Thalaivar. He posthumously was awarded with Bharat Ratna, the topmost civilian Award, given to the worthy citizen in India. 

Born in Nawalapitia near Kandy, MGR commenced a drama group titled Original Boys, after the demise of his father. Eventually he got into the film industry. After the death of his first two wives MGR married V N Janaki, who was also into film fraternity during that time. Initially MGR was a member of DMK and took up rationalist ideology. But later he initiated AIADMK due to issues with DMK. 

MGR entered filmdom in the year 1935 with the Tamil film Sati Leelavati. Initially he worked on action or romance flicks occasionally and it was the 1947 movie Rajakumaari which gave him the big break. This film was penned by another Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M Karunanidhi. At that juncture MGR had the credit of giving the most number of hits that include, Enga Veetu Pillai, Nadodi Mannan, and Adimai Pen. The 1956 flick Nadodi Mannan was directed and produced by MGR, and it was a huge hit. The flick Rickshakaran fetched MGR the National Award.

Once, fellow actor M R Radha shot MGR that ultimately affected his voice permanently. The shooting caused much furor among MGR’sfans. 

MGR concentrated on social progress, giving priority to education, when he became a Chief Minister. He was active with the “Mid-day Meals Scheme” which was a great success. The idea of special buses was also brought forward by him and implemented. Though MGR was criticized for some issues during his tenure as chief minister, he won the hearts of his masses by his exemplary philanthropies.
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Livingston

Livingston is a noteworthy supporting actor and comedian of Tamil cinema. His work as a solo lead in the flick Sollamale, where he played the role of a low confident lover, got him much acclaim. Apart from acting, Livingston has also tried his luck in penning scripts. During his early stages of his career his screen name was Ranjan. Livingston is active in the industry since 1988. Sundara Purushan, Kanni Rasi, Engalukkum Kaalam Varum and Sollamale are the works for which he is known for lead roles. He penned screenplay for Kaaki Sattai and Kanni Rasi by joining hands with G M Kumar of Avan Ivan fame. The flick Thandachoru introduced him as a music composer (he had aspired for it for a long time) and director. This movie is yet to be released. The 1988 flick Poonthotta Kaavalkaaran is the first film in which he got a starring role. Initially Livingston was into singing by perfoming star shows. He also had the aspiration of becoming an actor. Right from his childhood days Livingston was a huge fan of MGR. He worked in several shows before venturing into acting. Eventually he sang a number for the flick Moonram Powrnami and Athey Manithan. Sundara Purushan, Poomagal Oorvalam and Sollamale are the successful films of Livingston as a hero. He is in the industry for many years through his sheer patience. The comedy of Livingston has an innocence in it. Initially Livingston was working in roles with gray shades, and supporting roles. Then only he got prominent roles. He was a fan of K Bhagyaraj’s flicks and hung around his home for almost a year. Oru Veedu Iru Vaasal and En Uyir Thozhan are landmarks in this talented actor’s career. On the personal front Livingston is married to Jacintha and is blessed with two children.

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Karunakaran

Karunakaran is an Indian movie actor and writer who has worked in Tamil film Industry. He has appeared in various roles. He debuted in the cinema industry in 2012 with Kalakalappu as Kumar. He is known for Soodhu Kavvum (played the role of Arumai Pragasam) which got released in 2013. Other films credited to him are Jigarthanda and Yaamirukka Bayamey. He lived and grew up in New Delhi, India. His father was a RAW agent. After residing in Delhi, he moved to Trichy with his family. He met Nalan Kumarasamy, a friend, who is a short filmmaker. He did his schooling from Sri Akilandeswari Vidyalaya Tiruchirappalli. He did his graduation from Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology& Research Academy (SASTRA) University in chemical engineering. After the studies had been completed, he took up a job at Accenture and worked as an IT professional. His friend, Nalan asked him to act in his short film named Naalaya Iyakkunar for a reality TV show. Before Nalan had approached him, he had already done roles in mini films made in school. Nalan also had cast him in Naalaya Iyakkunar. He did the part, and it went on to win the first position in that season. He also appeared doing small roles in Sundar C’s ventures. He got his breakthrough 2012 releases Pizza in which he portrayed a friend of Vijay Sethupathi. The film developed under the direction of Karthik Subbaraj. After this, Nalan again cast him in Soodhu Kavvum, directorial debut feature film. The film garnered him great reviews as well as made him a recognizable celebrity. He appeared in the song called "Kasu Panam Thuttu" which became a huge success and gave him an overnight fame. It also promoted scripts and stories coming his way. He appeared in Yaamirukka Bayamey (a 2014 Tamil Horror Comedy movie) which garnered him critical acclaim. Critics appreciated his role and the justice that he did to the character. He played Sharath who according to Times Of India is both “ambivalent and funny.” The Hindu appreciated him with rave review and called his work “exceptional performance.” His talent is well recognised which the list of films he has done in a small period of time proves very well. In 2015 alone, he did five films. He has a huge line of movies which he is still filming such as Jeyikkira Kuthira, Semma Botha Aagatha, Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum, Adhagappattathu Magajanangalay, Kavalai Vendam and Thiri.

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