Parasakthi: What You Need to Know About Karunanidhi’s Anti-Establishment Film

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Parasakthi: What You Need to Know About Karunanidhi’s Anti-Establishment Film

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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ike a lot of Tamilians, the late Muthuvel Karunanidhi was a man of many epithets. The patriarch of the popular Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, the first party besides Congress to win fully independent majority in a state election, and five-time chief minister of Tamil Nadu. But perhaps most memorable was the affectionate sobriquet used by his supporters: Kalaignar.

Kalaignar is a Tamil word which translates to “scholar of the arts”, and it’s apt for the man whose roots were deeply set in tradition. A screenwriter, poet, author, orator, he forayed into the field of arts in his early teens and did not give up until the very end. Soon after he joined the DMK, he started a party newspaper called Murasoli, which circulates to this day. Karunanidhi was only 18 at the time.   

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