Veteran politician and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi passed away on Tuesday (August 7, 2018) in Chennai, and this marked the end of an era. 'Kalaignar' was hospitalised a few days ago after his health deteriorated. Even though he initially showed signs of improvement, things went from bad to worse on Monday (August 6, 2018), and this led to his demise. Karunanidhi was an integral part of not just Tamil Nadu's politics but also its cinema. Before entering politics, he worked as a writer and wrote the screenplays of several popular films such as Raja Rani and Manohara. As Tamil Nadu mourns the loss of an irreplaceable icon, we take a trip down memory lane and take a look at some of his rare photos.
Karunanidhi With Rajinikanth
In this priceless photo, Karunanidhi can be seen alongside Tamil Superstar Rajinikanth. 'Thalaiva' shared a lovely bond with the DMK chief and held him in high regard. In fact, shortly after Karunanidhi died, Rajini said he had lost his beloved Kalaignar.
The Parasakhti Duo!
This photograph is bound to remind countless fans of Tamil cinema's golden era. In it, Karunanidhi can be seen alongside the iconic Sivaji Ganesan. 'Nadigar Thilagam' and Karunanidhi had collaborated for several classic films, including the timeless Parasakhti. Parasakhti is perhaps best remembered for its strong theme and that iconic courtroom sequence.
Karunanidhi At His Best!
Here is a rare photo of Kalaignar addressing a public meeting/rally. It is bound to remind his followers of his youth days and leave them teary-eyed.
A Photo Worth A Thousand Words
In this one, Karunanidhi can be seen alongside his close friend MGR. Kalaignar is often credited for establishing the legendary actor as a bona fide mass hero. Their film Malaikkallan is regarded as an all-time classic and it featured several strong dialogues that were penned by Karunanidhi.
Another One For The Ages
Here is another photo from the glorious history of Tamil Nadu. It reminds us of the strong link between cinema and politics in the South Indian state.