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Remembering Kalaignar M Karunanidhi

Kalaignar Karunanidhi with Sivaji Ganesan

The five time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Kalaignar M Karunanidhi passed away yesterday. One of the last pillars of Dravidian politics, Kalaignar had a long and successful political career. But it was his work in Tamil cinema that earned him his first followers. It was also through his work that he discussed his political ideologies. 

Kalaignar started his cinematic career as screen writer with the film Rajakumari in 1947. The film starred MG Ramachandran in the lead role. The association between the two, led to several cinematic collaborations as well as a political career. 

His most memorable writing was in the Sivaji Ganesan starrer Parasakthi. The actor made his debut with the film. The dialogues written by Karunanidhi and Ganesan's impeccable acting made it a cult film.

Check out the court scene from the film that is still considered one of the best writing in Tamil cinema.

Along with cinema, Kalaignar pursued his political ambitions as well. He used his films to spread the messages that he wanted. Actually his tryst with politics started at a very young age. He used his writing to talk about issues that bothered him. Even during his tenure as CM he continued to write for films. His last work was the 2011 Prashanth starrer Ponnar Sankar.

The veteran politician passed away yesterday. He was unwell for some time. He is survived by his two wives, four sons and two daughters. His grandsons Udhayanidhi Stalin and  Arulnithi is are well-known actors in Tamil films.

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