Mammootty had the opportunity to essay the role of M Karunanidhi in Mani Ratnam's film Iruvar. When he turned down the offer, Prakash Raj took up the role in the movie that turned a cult classic in posterity although it had not set the cash registers ringing when it was released.
Twenty-one years ago, Mani Ratnam produced a movie Iruvar, an Indian Tamil-language epic political drama. The film which was based on the relationship between cinema and politics in Tamil Nadu featured Mohanlal in the lead role along with Prakash Raj, Aishwarya Rai, Revathi, Gautami, Tabu, and Nassar in other pivotal roles.
The movie portrayed the friendship between MGR Ramachandran and Kalaignar M Karunanidhi. The movie was not a big success, but the film still remains in people's hearts.
Mollywood actor Mohanlal acted as MGR and Prakash Raj acted as Karunanidhi in the movie. These were the best characters of their career. But there is a sad story for Mammootty to say today.
Mammootty stated that Karunanidhi's loss is something which cannot be reattained at any price. It marks the end of an era. Karunanidhi was a writer, screenwriter, orator and a great leader. But above all, his love for Tamil language and his people is something more amazing.
Mammootty had the opportunity to present Karunanidhi in Mani Ratnam's film, but he didn't take that opportunity. Now he feels disappointed about losing that opportunity but recalls all the good memories with Karunanidhi. Mammootty had met him and had discussions about film, politics, literature etc.
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Last Updated Aug 8, 2018, 4:35 PM IST