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Ulagam Sutrum Valiban

1973 184’ col Tamil d/p M.G. Ramachandran pc Emgeeyar Pics st R.M. Veerappan, S.K.T. Samy, Vidwan V.E. Lakshmanan sc Emgeeyar Pics Story Dept dial K. Sornam lyr Kannadasan, Vali, Pulamai Pithan, Pulavar Veda c V. Ramamurthy m M.S. Vishwanathan lp M.G. Ramachandran, M.N. Nambiar, S.A. Ashokan, R.S. Manohar, Nagesh, Thengai Srinivasan, V. Gopalakrishnan, San Chai, Selvi, Chandrakala, Manjula, Lata, Meta Rungrat

MGR’s last major self-produced film is a James Bond-style drama shot in Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Thailand. The scientist Murugan (MGR) invents a way of harnessing the energy of lightning. The crooked Prof. Bhairavan (Ashokan) offers him a fortune but Murugan donates the secret to a villainous Buddhist monk in Japan. Murugan is believed to be murdered, after which his brother, a Central Bureau of Investigation official (MGR again), unmasks the international gang of villains. Shot partly also at the Expo ’70 in Tokyo, the film’s claim to support scientific investigation is further underlined by documentary footage of Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Annadurai speaking on the subject. It was a major hit with continuous 50- day runs at all centres where it was first released.