SINGAPORE: In conjunction with Deepavali, Astro Vellithirai is pleased to premier a new programme, MGR 100, celebrating the legendary life of Marudhur Gopalan Ramachandran (“MGR”) an unparalleled icon in the Indian cinema industry. MGR 100 will premiere on Astro Vellithirai (Singtel TV Channel 624) as a Deepavali special programme on 30th October 2016 at 8:30 pm.
MGR 100 chronicles the many achievements of M.G. Ramachandran, whose movies, songs and lyrics have inspired and touched the hearts Singaporeans. MGR is the only legendary South Indian Actor and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, renowned worldwide for his powerful acting, mannerism, well-regarded philosophy, generosity and human privileges. Singaporeans had a chance to meet him personally in 1973 when his film Ulagam Sutrum Vaaliban was shot extensively in many tourist attractions. Singaporeans from the yesteryears were mesmerized by his songs, lyrical voice and acting prowess. The Singapore MGR associations continue to honour his life’s works by continuously organizing many stage events for charity.
Thus, this Deepavali Astro Vellithirai aspires to celebrate MGR’s legacy with a 13-episode of special programme called MGR 100 in honour of his 100th birthday. MGR 100 is fully shot in Singapore, featuring interviews with MGR fans, MGR associations, VIPs such as Mr. K Kesavapany, the Governor on the Board of the Singapore International Foundation and President of the Singapore Indian Association and Mr. S. A. Nathan, the Former Indian Movie News Managing Editor. We have also interviewed some artists such as Mr. Venkat, Mrs. Rajeswary and many more have shared their favourite movie scenes, songs, philosophies and thoughts on MGR. This programme will have popular film scenes, dialogues, songs, comedies and action scenes from MGR films.
Dr Rajamani Chellamuthu, Senior Vice President of Astro Indian Customer Business Content Group, said, “MGR 100 is our first in house produced content for Singapore Astro Vellithirai viewers. This programme will be a milestone for our Singapore audiences and we planned to create more colourful contents such as reality shows, documentary and game shows on Astro Vellithirai. As a leading content aggregator, producer and distributor in the region, Astro remains committed in providing quality Tamil content and programming for its viewers in Malaysia and internationally”.
Besides this, the Festival of Light celebration continues on Astro Vellithirai with Tamil movie blockbusters such as Thangamagan – Dhanush, Samantha Ruth and Amy Jackson starrer, Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum, by Vijjay Sethupathi and Madonna Sebastian. Nambiar by Sri Kanth, Sunaina and Santhanam.