Kalaignar No More: Celebrities Pay Tribute To DMK Supremo!

M Karunanidhi died on Tuesday evening in Chennai.

Muthuvel Karunanidhi, best referred to as his sobriquet Kalaignar, died on Tuesday evening at Kauvery Hospital in Chennai after prolonged illness. He was 94. The late politician, screen writer, served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for five terms and twenty years between 1969 and 2011. Having left an indelible mark in Tamil Nadu politics, many have paid tribute to him for the void that is currently present in the Southern state.

Karunanidhi was in poor health from October 2016 and minimized his political activities and public appearances, with the last one being on his 94th birthday on June 3, 2018. On 28 July 2018, Karunanidhi’s health deteriorated and became “extremely critical and unstable”, and he was admitted at Kauvery Hospital in Chennai for treatment. He died there at 6:10 p.m. on August 7, 2018 due to age-related illness, which led to multiple organ failure.

He began his career as a screenwriter in the Tamil film industry. His first movie as screen writer was Rajakumari but his notable work is Parasakthi, starring Sivaji Ganesan. The movie garnered a lot of controversy and censorship, but when it released, it was a huge box office hit for its politically charged elements and having contained elements that criticized Brahmanism.

Known for being regarded as a long-standing leader of the Dravidian self-respect movement and ten-time president of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) political party. Some celebrities paid tribute to the late leader:

Superstar Rajinikanth wrote how it’s a ‘black day’ for all artists.

Sivakarthikeyan paid tribute.

Trisha shared images with the late leader.

Radhika Sarathkumar bid a tearful good-bye.

Kamal Haasan and other celebrities, too, headed to Rajaji Hall in Chennai to pay their last respects to Kalaignar.

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