‘MGR A Life’, a biography written by R.Kannan on the life of late Superstar/ ex-chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Mr.M G Ramachandran was published by Penguin publications. Madras book club along with Penguin publication organized this event in Kalaivaanar Arangam, Chennai. Member of Parliament , Mr.Shashi Tharoor gave away the first copy of the book to the head of ‘MGR Kazhagam’ Mr.R M Veerappan.
“Mr. Kannan, who has always been a member of the Dravidian party has written this book. Kannan worked for the U N worked hard for seven long years to finish and bring out this book. MGR’s early life, Cinema life, political life, his tenure as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, his demi-god status, his relationship with Periyar, Anna, Kalaignar, Sivaji Ganesan, Kalaivaanar, and Jayalalitha has been established so well in this book. Publishing this book now after the historic ‘Jallikattu’ protest seems to be the apt time ” said Penguin publishing’s Chief editor Kamini Mahadevan.
Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor said, “I have not seen people come in such huge numbers, like here, for a book release in the North India. Even though I was born in Palakkad, my mother lived in Coimbatore for 15 years. I am proud MGR also belonged to Palakkad. I am a huge fan of MGR right from my childhood. I have watched many of his movies with my brothers.
MGR was the first superstar in India to achieve heights in politics. He is the one who changed the Tamilnadu’s electoral political culture of regional party vs national party to regional party vs another regional party. By heart, he was a congressman. When he was shot in 1967 his photo of wrapped neck played a huge role in deciding the winner of the then state election.”