M.G.R: The Demigod of Tamil Nadu

This year marks the 103rd birth anniversary of M.G.R, the legendary cultural icon and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, let us take a look at ‘Makkal Thilagam’ in this graphic novel. 

SPICE PEOPLE: Indian actor and politician Maruthur Gopala Ramachandran better known as M. G. R., served as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for ten years between 1977 and 1987.

The legendary cultural icon is regarded as one of the most influential actors of Tamil cinema. In the late 1960s, the passenger train from Chennai to Madurai was over 12 hours late. A few miles off Madurai, over 5,000 people had gathered along the tracks, squatting patiently to catch a glimpse of MG Ramachandran, their superstar.

Such a reception was accorded to only one other person in the history of Tamil Nadu – Mahatma Gandhi.

This is MGR’s story

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