One of Tamil cinema's biggest legends was born on this day, in 1917! MG Ramachandran, fondly called MGR or Puratchi Thalaivar, entered movies in 1936 with Sathi Leelavathi and worked in his last film - Madhuraiyai Meetta Sundharapandiyan, in 1978. He also had a very successful political career and was the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu from 1977 till his death in 1987, except for a brief period of 6 months when his government was overthrown by his rivals. MGR was the first film actor to become the Chief Minister of a state in India.

Through his various charitable acts, tireless hard work for the welfare of the common people and heart-touching portrayals on screen, he became immortalized in the hearts of many Tamilians and will live on forever in their minds. Today, on the occasion of his 102nd birthday, the Nadigar Sangam commemorated this legend by garlanding his portrait. The South Indian Artistes' Association President Nasser, General Secretary Vishal and actors Nandhaa & Manobala were present at this event.