From his school days, Mr Karunanidhi showed interest in drama, poetry and literature. He began his career as a screenwriter in the Tamil film industry at the age of His first film, Rajakumaari, gained him recognition and popularity. Mr Karunanidhi penned screenplays and dialogues for more than 50 movies.
He also wrote the stories for some of them, such as Marudanattu Ilavarasi, Mandiri Kumari, Tirumbipar and Arasilangkumari. Kalaignar Karunanidhi stood for regional aspirations as well as national progress. He became a powerful political figure using his wit and oratory skills after joining politics aged 33 and winning a state legislature seat in He won 13 state elections. He had three wives, one of whom has died. He is also survived by four sons and two daughters, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.
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DMK wanted to change the name back to Kallakudi. In the protest Karunanidhi and his companions erased the name Dalmiapuram from the railway station and lay down on the tracks blocking the course of trains.
Two people died in the protest and Karunanidhi was arrested. At the age of 33, Karunanidhi entered the Tamil Nadu assembly winning the Kulithalai seat in the election. Once he joined the DMK party, he became its treasurer in and then the opposition leader in the following year. By when the party came to power Karunanidhi wielded a powerful position. In , Annadurai was serving as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu but could not continue due to his sudden death. Apart from a successful political career, he enjoyed a successful stint in Tamil film industry as a screenwriter.
Karunanidhi with Sivaji Ganeshan. With his passion for Tamil literature, Karunanidhi commenced his career as a screenwriter in the Tamil film industry. It was through his movie scripts that he tried to convey a meaningful social message, his story lines touched on subjects like widow remarriage, abolition of the zamindari system, obliteration of religious hypocrisy, eradication of untouchability and self-respect marriages.
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The movie "Parasakthi" reflects his stand point on the negative aspects of Brahmanism that was opposed by traditional Hindu communities. The movie was initially banned but was eventually released in It was a huge box office hit, but its release was marred with controversies. The movie was opposed by orthodox Hindus since it contained elements that criticised Brahmanism. Two other movies written by Karunanidhi that contained such messages were 'Panam' and 'Thangarathnam'.
His unconventional themes made him one of the most sought after screenwriter during his time. Karunanidhi is known for his contributions to Tamil literature. His contributions cover a wide range: poems, letters, screenplays, novels, biographies, historical novels, stage-plays, dialogues and movie songs. He has written 'Kuraloviam' for 'Thirukural', 'Tholkaappiya Poonga', 'Poombukar', as well as many poems, essays and books.
Apart from literature, Karunanidhi has also contributed to the Tamil language through art and architecture. Like the 'Kuraloviyam', in which Kalaignar wrote about 'Thirukkural', through the construction of Valluvar Kottam he gave an architectural presence to Thiruvalluvar, in Chennai. At Kanyakumari, Karunanidhi constructed a foot-high statue of Thiruvalluvar in honour of the scholar. His books of prose and poetry number more than The year-old leader had married three times and have six children. M K Muthu, his eldest son, was born to Padmavathy, who died early.
Alagiri, Stalin, Selvi and Tamilarasu were born to Dayalu, while Kanimozhi is the only daughter from his third wife, Rajathi. His sons Alagiri, Stalin and daughter Kanimozhi have forayed into politics following the path of their illustrious father. Indian media baron and chairman-cum-founder ofthe Sun Group Kalanithi Maran and former union minister Dayaninidhi Maran are his grand nephews.
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