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     1'''Muthuvel Karunanidhi (b. 1924)''' 
     3Tamil scenarist and DMK politician born in 
     4Tirukkuvalai, Tanjore Dist., TN. Political activist 
     5with the Dravidar Kazhagam (DK) from the age 
     6of 14; left school to become C.N. Annadurai’s 
     7assistant and worked on Periyar E.V. 
     8Ramaswamy Naicker’s paper, Kudiarasu. Led 
     9the 1953 Kallakkudi riots in which the DMK 
     10protested against the renaming of a railway 
     11station after a North Indian industrialist. Elected 
     12to the Tamil Nadu State Assembly in 1957 on a 
     13DMK ticket. Key figure in the anti-Hindi 
     14agitation of 1965, for which he was imprisoned. 
     15Minister for Public Works and Transport under 
     16Annadurai when the DMK was elected in 1967. 
     17Chief Minister in 1969 following Annadurai’s 
     18death; defeated by his former protégé MGR in 
     191977. Returned to power (1988), but was 
     20dismissed by the Congress (I)-backed minority 
     21government in 1990; in the 1991 election, 
     22following Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, his 
     23party lost every seat in the state assembly 
     24except his own. Defeated Jayalalitha and 
     25returned to power in 1996. Film début at the 
     26Jupiter Studio, co-scripting A. Kasilingam’s 
     27Abhimanyu (1948) with A.S.A. Sami. First 
     28DMK film: Manthiri Kumari for T.R. 
     29Sundaram (1950). Wrote Kasilingam’s 
     30Maruthanattu Ilavarasi (1950), three films for 
     31L.V. Prasad (Manohara, 1954; Thayilla Pillai, 
     321961; Iruvar Ullam, 1963) and his best-known 
     33film, Krishnan-Panju’s Parasakthi (1952). 
     34According to Ka. Thirunavukkarasu (1990), he 
     35scripted 57 films, e.g. S.M. Sreeramulu Naidu’s 
     36MGR hit Malaikallan (1954), Kasilingam’s 
     37Sivaji Ganesan film Rangoon Radha (1956) 
     38based on Annadurai’s novel, and P. 
     39Neelakantan’s Poompuhar (1964) and 
     40Poomalai (1965). Also wrote c.50 short stories 
     41(e.g. Kuppai Thothi/Dustbin), many speeches, 
     42commentaries on Tamil literature and a 
     43speculative archaeology of the Tamil language 
     44tracing it to the Sangam poets and the Indus 
     45Valley. Columnist for the daily Murasoli and the 
     46journal Kumkumam. Turned producer with 
     47Mekala Pics, initially with MGR, MGR’s wife 
     48V.N. Janaki and P.S. Veerappa (Naam, 1953); 
     49the partnership soon broke up leaving 
     50Karunanidhi proprietor with Murasoli Maran, 
     51the duo later expanding into the popular SUNTV 
     52Tamil cable channel.