M. Karunanidhi

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Jun 03, 1924  in Thirukkuvalai, Tamil Nadu, India

Also Known as: Muthuvel Karunanidhi, Kalaignar

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One of the most influential and respected political leaders in Tamil Nadu, Muthuvel Karunanidhi, was also a successful film writer and literary guru. One of the founding members of one of the most important and key political parties in India, the DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam), Karunanidhi served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for five terms between 1969 and 2011. For his immense contribution to the Tamil literature and service to the people, he has been honored with several awards and recognition. He was also bestowed with the title `Kalaignar` by his political supporters and he used the name throughout his political career until he breathed his last.

Before entering into politics, he worked in the Tamil film industry as a screenwriter and has written for some of the most iconic films ever made in Tamil. His writings were replete with wit and strong social message, which became his signature style and also the reason for getting him into trouble with the censor board. He pioneered the propaganda of the socialist and rationalist ideas of the Dravidian movement through his movies. In his illustrious career, he wrote for about 100 films and also has written for several plays. His literary career expands far beyond and he has authored several novels, stories, and a multiple-volume memoir.

Kalaignar`s glorious career came to an end as the succumbed to age-related illness and breathed his last on 7th August 2018 at the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai.