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‘Parasakthi’ completes 60 years

M. Vandhana
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Prominent scenes selected from Sivaji Ganesan's movies screened

Homage:Member of Parliament Tiruchi Siva after distributing welfare measures to students in Madurai on Sunday.— Photo: G. Moorthy
Homage:Member of Parliament Tiruchi Siva after distributing welfare measures to students in Madurai on Sunday.— Photo: G. Moorthy

It was fun and frolic on Sunday, when the members of ‘Nadigar Thilagam Sivaji Social Welfare Association’ and the fans of actor Sivaji Ganesan converged at a marriage hall in the city to celebrate the diamond jubilee of his debut movie ‘Parasakthi’.

Prominent scenes were selected from several of Mr Sivaji’s movies and were screened to the hundreds of audience, who had gathered at the hall from all over Tamil Nadu. Amidst thunderous applause and slogans in praise of Mr Sivaji’s acting, the fans watched the screening.

Later, addressing the gathering Member of Parliament Tiruchi Siva said he was overjoyed to watch hundreds of the actor’s fans gathered under one roof to celebrate the occasion. “It is great to see these people gathering to celebrate the film of an actor who died ten years ago. But, the fans of Mr Sivaji should bring together various resources among them for the betterment of the society”, he emphasised.

K. Chandrasekaran, president of ‘Nadigar Thilagam Sivaji Social Welfare Association’ said, “Six decades down the line ‘Parasakthi’ is remembered because it is not just a film, but an epic”. Members of various political organisations who spoke on the occasion recalled that Mr Sivaji was an actor who had a strong sense of nationalism and social responsibility.

“In Mr Sivaji we saw Bharathiyar, Kappal Oatiya Tamilan, Veerapandiya Kattabomman and several other leaders. A large number of people were inspired by his portrayal of leaders. That is why a movie like ‘Karnan’ was a success when it was released in 2012 again”, said K. John Moses, general secretary of the State unit of Janata Dal (Secular). “He was a unique actor who could fit into every role. Even 600 years after the release of ‘Parasakthi’ the movie will be remembered by all”, he added.

Members of various political organisations also recollected Mr Sivaji’s association with late chief minister K. Kamaraj. Mr Sivaji and Congress leader Kakkan were the two persons who stood by Mr Kamaraj till his demise, they said.

The association also distributed welfare measures like notebooks and dresses to the children, women and the elderly. ‘Sivaji-in Varalaru’, a book on the life of the actor and ‘Desiyamum Sivajium’, a CD on Mr Sivaji’s portrayal of patriotism in his movies were also distributed.

Released in 1952, ‘Parasakthi’ was a blockbuster, and its success is often attributed to Mr Sivaji’s remarkable acting and the dialogues penned by former chief minister M. Karunanidhi.

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