During this period, in 1924, political leader Muhuvel Karunanidhi was born in a small village called Thirukkuvalai situated some 300 kilometers south of Chennai. He was born into a poor family belonging to the temple-dependent Isai Vellalar caste, who are believed to be part of the Shudra strata in the hierarchical structure of Hindu society.Growing up in the caste-ridden society of Tamil Nadu in the early decades of 20th century, Karunanidhi was quick to learn the lessons of the crippling conditions that resulted from being born in a low caste. At the tender age of 14, he was already part of Periyar’s self-respect movement, urging the Dravidian community to actively stand up in opposition to the hegemony of the North and that of the Brahmins in the South.
Before politics though, it is script writing that Karunanidhi first made a name in. After failing in his Class X exams, he moved to Coimbatore to make a living writing scripts for professional theatre groups. However, his style of oratory was quick to impress Periyar who appointed him the editor of the magazine of Dravidar Kazhagam, the party founded by him.By the 1950s, Karunanidhi had become a celebrated script writer and had moved from theatre to films.Karunanidhi is noted to have said in an interview in February 1970. Hardrave writes that the politics of Annadurai and Karunanidhi ushered in a new era in Tamil films.
By the late 60s though, frictions within the party were all apparent. When Annadurai passed away in 1969, Karunanidhi managed to climb up the political ladder, surpassing all internal opposition to become the chief of the DMK and also took up the chief ministerial post that was left vacant by the former. Karunanidhi went on to become chief minister of the Tamil Nadu four more times, adding up to almost 20 years in power.In 2001, the Sakaria commission indicted Karunanidhi for corruption in allotting tenders for the Veeranam project.
Since 2011, however, the DMK has been out of power with AIAD MK retaining its stronghold over the state Assembly. However, at 94, Karunanidhi continued to exercise the same kind of impact over the political spectrum and society of Tamil Nadu. Despite the multiple allegations against him, no one can take away the legacy he has left behind, be it in terms of the role that cinema and theatre has to play in political and social reform, or in the way a movement by those in the margins of society could result in changing the social fabric of a state.
విక్రమ్ కుమార్ దర్శకత్వంలో అఖిల్ రెండో సినిమా ఈ నెల మొదటివారంలో గ్రాండ్గా ప్రారంభమైంది. ప్రస్తుతం ఈ సినిమాలో అఖిల్ కు సంబంధించిన కీలక సన్నివేశాలను దర్శకుడు చిత్రీకరిస్తున్నారు. తాజాగా ఈ సినిమాలో మెయ...