MGR Centenary Celebrations: Superstar Decoded in a Graphic Novel
Journey of a superstar
Journey of a superstar (Photo: Aaqib Raza Khan/The Quint)

MGR Centenary Celebrations: Superstar Decoded in a Graphic Novel

(The Quint is republishing this story from its archives for the valedictory of the birth centenary of late Tamil chief minister MG Ramachandran, or MGR. It was originally published on 16 January 2018.)

In the late 1960s, the passenger train from Chennai to Madurai was over 12 hours late. A few miles off Madurai, over 5,000 people had gathered along the tracks, squatting patiently to catch a glimpse of MG Ramachandran, their superstar.

Such a reception was accorded to only one other person in the history of Tamil Nadu – Mahatma Gandhi.

This MGR’s story.

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