It was an era when hues haunted the black and white of cinema; it is then that he made his entry into the tinsel town when an American-born director, Ellis Dungen. Seventeen years have passed since he walked the earth last, but nothing can stop from him being fondly referred to as Makkal Thilagam, remembered as Ponmanachemmal, called as Vaathiyaar or worshiped as God. Along with every Pongal comes a day that every Tamil cinema fan is thankful about - the day that brought a legend to earth. We are talking about Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran, popularly known as MGR, who is remembered today on his 97th birthday. Be it his political clout or the bullet that struck his through, everything about MGR was big and in the headlines.
When he confronted villains on screen, there are practical incidents where audience gave the actor a hand, shooting down the screen, in hopes of saving the hero. When he came down with illness, the whole state gathered to pray for him. When he eventually passed away, people refused to accept the truth, for years! It was beyond fanaticism towards this philanthropist; it was devotion, and it still is. Fondly remembering Idhayakani today, we at Indiaglitz bow down to the legend who walked the planet once. Happy birthday Vaathiyaar, you are always remembered.