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     1'''P. Neelakantan (b. 1916)''' 
     3Tamil director associated mainly with MGR’s 
     4persona; also worked in Sinhalese (Suneetha 
     5and Sujake Rahase) and Kannada. Born in 
     6Villuppuram. Congress Party worker aged 15. 
     7Former journalist (with Jeevamani in 1935, 
     8Vijayan in 1936, Indira in 1940 and established 
     9his own journal Kalaivani in 1940) and radio 
     10playwright. Broke through with two famous 
     11plays, Mullil Roja, performed by the TKS 
     12Brothers and attacking the Devadasi system, 
     13and Nam Iruvar, staged by N.S. Krishnan’s 
     14theatre troupe (Krishnan was in jail at the time 
     15and the play was done by T.A. Mathuram and 
     16S.V. Sahasranamam). Nam Iruvar was later 
     17filmed by A.V. Meiyappan (1947) as a 
     18stridently nationalist drama with Neelakantan’s 
     19script (he was also asst. d). Its success 
     20established AVM and was followed by other 
     21scripts for Meiyappan, including the hits 
     22Vethala Ulagam (1948) and Vazhkai (1949). 
     23Directorial début: Ore Iravu, based on a noted 
     24play by the DMK’s founder, C.N. Annadurai, 
     25who also scripted the film. Shifted briefly to 
     26Kannada to direct two films produced by and 
     27starring B.R. Panthulu (Modalatedi and 
     28Shivasharane Nambekka), before returning to 
     29the DMK film idiom with Tamil hits like 
     30Ambikapathy with Sivaji Ganesan. Directed 
     31two films with Karunanidhi scripts, 
     32Poompuhar and Poomalai. Was a partner in 
     33Panthulu’s Padmini Pics before starting his own 
     34Arasu Prod. (1957). Most of his films star MGR. 
     35According to M.S.S. Pandian (1992), the hit 
     36Thirudathe inaugurated the MGR persona of a 
     37subaltern in the service of society. This trend 
     38continued in Mattukkara Velan with MGR 
     39playing the double role of the cowherd and the 
     40lawyer, and in Ninaithathai Mudippavan with 
     41MGR demonstratively consuming proletarian 
     42food and displaying an inability to eat peas 
     43with a fork. 
     45'''FILMOGRAPHY:''' 1951: Ore Iravu; 1954: 
     46Kalyanam Panniyum Brahmachari; 1955: 
     47Gomathiyin Kathali; Modalatedi/Mudhal 
     48Thedi; Shivasharane Nambekka; 1957: 
     49Ambikapathy; Chakravarthi Thirumagal; 
     501958: Thedi Vantha Selvam; 1960: Advantha 
     51Daivam; 1961: Nallavan Vazhvan; 
     52Thirudathe; 1962: Ethayum Thangam Idayam; 
     531963: Koduthu Vaithaval; Raj Mahal; 1964: 
     54Poompuhar; 1965: Anandi; Poomalai; 1966: 
     55Avan Pithana; 1967: Kavalkaran; 1968: 
     56Kanavan; Kannan En Kathalan; 1969: 
     57Mattukkara Velan; 1970: En Annan; 1971: 
     58Neerum Neruppum; Oru Thai Makkal; Kumari 
     59Kottam; 1972: Raman Thediya Seethai; Sangey 
     60Muzhangu; 1974: Netru Indru Nalai; 1975: 
     61Ninaithathai Mudippavan; 1976: Needhikku 
     62Thalai Vanangu; 1981: Daiva Thirumanangal.