Politician-screenwriter M. Karunanidhi passed away on Tuesday. He was 94. Karunanidhi started his career as a screenwriter in Tamil films. His first film as a writer released in 1947, but appreciation came his way after his 1952 film Parasakthi. The 1952 film also marked the debut of Sivaji Ganeshan and was the story of a family that faces many trials during World War II. The film was criticised at the time of its release as its content was quite bold in terms of its ideology. Karunanidhi was not afraid of expressing his thoughts when it came to a film’s script. Many of his films spoke about subjects like widow remarriage, abolition of zamindari and untouchability among other issues. A few of his plays were banned in the 1950s because of their content. For him, cinema was a vehicle of presenting his political thoughts and ideologies. His last film as a screenwriter was Ponnar Shankar that released in 2011.
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South Indian celebrities pay tribute to politician-screenwriter Karunanidhi.
Vikram on Karunanidhi
"I was deeply saddened to hear the demise of the multifaceted Dr Kalaignar, who we knew as a Tamil scholar, a revered leader and a 5-time CM. Since I'm out of town, I couldn't pay my respects in person. I convey my heartfelt condolences to his family," Vikram said in a statement.
It’s a big loss to Tamil and tamilians, says Shankar
Shankar shared on Twitter, "Saddened, hearing about the great leader, Tamil scholar and writer Thiru dr. Kalaignar. It’s a big loss to Tamil and tamilians. Missing badly to pay my respects as stuck in Ukraine . My deepest condolences to his family and followers . May his soul Rest In Peace."
Santhosh Narayanan on Karunanidhi
Music director Santhosh Narayanan wrote on Twitter, "Heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and followers of one of the greatest leaders of our time. You will be remembered always #Karunanidhi ayya."
I received my first National Award from Karunanidhi, says Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan posted on Twitter, "T 2893 - பிரார்த்தனை மற்றும் இரங்கல் , for the Honourable and dynamic leader Shri Karunanidhi .. I received my very 1st National Award for 'Saat Hindustani' from him, when the ceremony was held in Chennai that year .. he was the CM ..🙏🙏🙏"
Shooting of Vijay's Sarkar halted as a mark of respect
Due to the demise of Karunanidhi, the shooting of Vijay's upcoming film Sarkar has stopped in Las Vegas, USA. The shooting will resume after sometime.
Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan paid his respects to Kalaignar Ayya
Tamil Nadu: Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan paid his last respects to former state chief M Karunanidhi at Chennai's Rajaji Hall.
Nadigar Sangam President Nasser paid his last respects to Karunanidhi
Nadigar Sangam President and actor Nasser along with other office-bearers paid their last respects to the Kalaignar Ayya. General Secretary and actor Vishal is also on his way from Trichy to Chennai to do the same.
Kamal Haasan lends support to #Marina4Kalaignar
"Anna groomed Karunanidhi and MGR to take care of the party's welfare after him. It's only right that all the three of them are placed in the same place. It is sad that the little ones who joined the party after MGR don't have the same values. If MGR had been there, he would for sure gotten him a place next to Anna," Kamal Haasan said in a statement.
Your infectious passion and love for Tamizh will stay with us forever, says A R Rahman
AR Rahman said, "You may have left this earth but your infectious passion and love for Tamizh will stay and reflect with us forever…Deep Respect! #Karunanidhi"
Mohanlal pays tribute to Karunanidhi
Mohanlal shared on Twitter, "A revered politician, a cinematic genius, a fighter for social justice and above all a great human being who redefined Tamil Nadu's political chapter is no more. Strength and Condolences to Kalaignar's family. Udal mannukku Uyir Thamizhukku!"
Ajith on Karunanidhi
"Senior leader and five-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Dr Kalaignar sir was known for his oratory, literary and management skills. I express my deepest sympathies to his family members, DMK cadres and my fellow citizens of Tamil Nadu. I pray for his soul to rest in peace, " Ajith said in a statement.
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We have lost one of the tallest leader of our time, says Arya
Arya wrote on Twitter, "We have lost an architect of Dravidian movement and one of the tallest leader of our time. I vividly remember the brief audience that was filled with so much care and generosity. My deepest condolences to the bereaved family. Kalaignar Ayya RIP."
Allu Arjun on Karunanidhi
Allu Arjun tweeted, "KALAIGNAR. Patriarch of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. 5 times CM, 6 Decades Of Political Career, Bhishma Pitamah of TN Politics, Dravidian Pride . Condolences to Family, Followers & every Tamilian. May his soul RIP #Karunanidhi #RIPKalaignar"
Very disturbed by the news of Karunanidhi ji passing away, says Kajal Aggarwal
Kajal Aggarwal posted on Twitter, "Very disturbed by the news of our former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Karunanidhi ji passing away. Such a legend. My heartfelt condolences to his family and the millions who feel his loss. #RIPKalaingar"
We have lost a great leader of Tamil Nadu, says Namitha
“Today, we have lost a great leader of Tamil Nadu. His contribution to Tamil and Tamil people can never be forgotten. As an actor, I am blessed to get a chance to act in his movie, which will be unforgettable for me. He will forever live in every tamil person's heart. My deepest condolences to his family," Namitha said in a statement.
Rajinikanth lends support to #Marina4Kalaignar
Rajinikanth requests Tamil Nadu government to allot space for Karunanidhi near Anna memorial at Marina Beach.
Your contribution to politics, literature and cinema will live on forever, says Sivakarthikeyan
Tamil actor Sivakarthikeyan tweeted, "The sun that worked non-stop has finally gone to sleep. Sir, your contributions to Tamil language, literature, cinema and politics will live on forever."
Karunanidhi burnt down inequality, writes Dhanush
In a heartfelt post, Tamil actor and star Dhanush took to Twitter to express sadness at the death of the late leader. He wrote, "To the oppressed people, he was the sun of self-respect that burnt down inequality, transforming it into gold. He introduced the world of politics with Parasakthi, kicking open the doors of cinema to the laymen. We bid adieu, saluting you with tears."
Your love and support will never be forgotten, says Jayam Ravi
Actor Jayam Ravi also expressed his grief at Karunanidhi's death and shared a picture of himself with the late politician. The tweet read, 'Your love and support towards us will never be forgotten.'
India has lost a towering personality, says Hema Malini
"India has lost a towering personality, an elder statesman, a seasoned politician in the passing of Karunanidhiji this evening. It is an irreparable loss for the DMK & for Tamil Nadu politics in particular. Indeed, they have lost a guiding light. May his soul rest in peace," Hema Malini said via Twitter.
The SUN will shine in our hearts always, says Parvatii Nair
Parvatii Nair shared on Twitter, "Rest in Peace Kalaignar Karunanidhi - a Leader by all means. Your contributions to the welfare of Tamil language and Tamilnadu will speak across generations. The SUN will shine in our hearts always. #Karunanidhi #RIPKalaignar #u0b95u0bb2u0bc8u0b9eu0bb0u0bcd #KauveryHospital"
Karunanidhi touched millions of lives, says Mohan Babu
Mohan Babu wrote on Twitter, "A true legend, a leader of masses and always lead by example, Sri. Karunanidhi leaves a huge void. My condolences to Brothers Stalin and Alagiri and their families. He touched millions of lives with his policies, gave hope to millions and inspired millions with his writing."
Karunanidhi deserves respect and more, says RJ Balaji
RJ Balaji posted on Twitter, "Its absolutely disgraceful to deny #Marina4Kalaignar . The man deserve this respect and more. Come on, This is not the time for pettiness and political rivalries. Show some class and sensiblity. #Reconsider"
Shooting of movies cancelled
Tamil Film Producers Council on Tuesday announced that there will be no shooting of movies on Wednesday.
Madhavan pays tribute to Karunanidhi
Ranganathan Madhavan said, "Saddened hearing the demise of one of this nation's most dynamic leader and writer. May his soul Rest In Peace. Condolences to the entire party, family and supporters."
Lakshmi Manchu on Karunanidhi
Lakshmi Manchu tweeted, "One of the most senior veteran politician and a great soul, Karunanidhi sir left us today. We salute your contribution towards the development of Tamil Nadu as a state, to its literature & the film industry as a screen writer. My hearfelt condolences to the family. #RIPKalaignar"