Politician and film producer RM Veerappan passes away

RMV is known as the Man Friday of MGR in both his cinema and political career
RM Veerappan
RM Veerappan

Former minister and Tamil film producer RM Veerappan has passed away due to age-related illness on Tuesday. He was 98.

Veerappan breathed his last after receiving treatment at a private hospital in Chennai.

Veerappan was a manager and later became an executive director of Em Gee Yar Pictures. The company produced MGR's Nadodi Mannan, Adimai Penn and Ulagam Suttrum Valiban.

Veerappan turned a producer himself in the banner Sathya Movies. He also doubled as a screenwriter of hit films of MGR such as Dheiva Thaai (1964), Kaavalkaaran (1967) and Rickshawkaran (1971). In his movies, Veerappan utilised MGR as a mascot of Dravidian ideology and principles.

However, RMV, as he is popularly known in film and political circles, tasted his biggest success yet as a producer with Rajinikanth-starrer Baashha.

As a politician, he has been a part of both MGR and Jayalalithaa's cabinet. RMV is known as the Man Friday of MGR in both his cinema and political career.

Curiously, he floated a political party named MGR Kazhagam and extended support to the DMK-led alliance.

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