Karunanidhi - A script writer par excellence
A writer par excellence, M Karunanidhi began penning scripts as a 20-year old for plays which became a vehicle for propagating principles of the Dravidian movement.
A voracious reader and prolific author, he went on to write screenplays and dialogues for over 50 movies, prominent among them being "Parasakthi" starring Sivaji Ganesan in 1952 and scripted the story for several of them.
Age did not wither his pithy prose as Karunanidhi wrote his last script at the age of 90 for a television serial based on the 11th-century reformist Hindu saint Ramanuja, who strove for an egalitarian society.
M Karunanidhi deepened Indian democracy, made it representative of regional, linguistic and social diversity. He pioneered the plank of social justice, on class and caste axis. He shaped federalism, and made regional parties central players. My obit, https://t.co/SHDU2jYw2N— Prashant Jha (@prashantktm) August 7, 2018
Karunanidhi, who passed away yesterday aged 94, took a keen interest in Tamil literature, poetry and drama.
As a teenager, he ran a handwritten magazine "Manava Nesan" in 1941.
'Manohara' (1954), 'Malaikallan' (1954), 'Rangon Radha' (1956) were among the movies in which he was involved as a screenwriter.
In addition to penning dialogues, he had also written stories for movies, including successful films like 'Marudanattu Ilavarasi', 'Mandiri Kumari (both 1950), Tirumbipar (1953) and Arasilangkumari (1961).
'Mani Makudam', 'Marakka Mudiyuma', 'Avan Pithana', 'Pookkari' and 'Needhikku Thandanai' were among his several other movies.
His novels include 'Romapuri Pandian', 'Thenpandi Singam', 'Nenjukku Needhi' (his autobiography and commentary on contemporary politics), Sanga Thamizh, Kuraloviam, Ponnar Shankar, Thirukkural Urai.
His stage plays include 'Manimagudam', 'Ore Ratham', 'Thooku Media,' 'Kagithapoo' and 'Silapathikarum.'
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