The Third Chennai Photowalk & MGR’s residence

During the Third Chennai Photowalk, we came across the residence where MGR lived with his mother and brother during his early days when he was a small time actor.

The Third Chennai Photowalk

The house is located at NSC Bose Road at Sowcarpet very close to the intersection with Wall Tax Road. The house is in a dilapidated condition and presently owned by a Marwari businessman. In the same building there is a shop selling banana leaves

The Third Chennai Photowalk

During our conversation with this shopkeeper, we learnt from him that this is the house where MGR lived during his early days when he was aspiring to make a career by acting.

(M G Ramachandran, fondly called by his fans and followers as MGR, went on to become a successful actor in Tamil films. Affiliated to DMK, played an important role in DMK coming to power in 1967. Later on formed AIADMK in 1972 and became the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu in 1977 and remained as Chief Minister till his death in 1987)

5 Comments so far

  1. Parthasarathy (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2008 @ 1:57 am

    Does the government have any policy on the inspection/upkeep/demolition of buildings? One wonders…

  2. ram (unregistered) on February 4th, 2008 @ 3:59 am

    Oh my god buildings like this should be either maintained or demolished it really give a bad image of Chennai. Someone please write to CDMA and knock this building down, this is one of many building in Sow-Crap-et area that need to be demolished. I don’t understand why the residents of this area along with other areas do not follow building norms.

  3. jillumadrasi (unregistered) on February 6th, 2008 @ 6:40 am

    Nice pic, but did you simply take the banana leaf seller’s word or was there more research on this?

  4. tsk tsk (unregistered) on February 6th, 2008 @ 10:10 am

    dont think there is a law on heritage buildings in chennai. they do have one in bbay. Speak to anyone from our parents generation and they will tell you that many such structures had been demolished in the 70’s and 80’s to make way for new constructions.

    wonder what the marwari guy is planning for this one?

  5. ram (unregistered) on February 9th, 2008 @ 4:02 am

    Hi Tsk, Tsk I think the Marwari is going to be storing his years supply of Pan and then chew and spit this out on the street which will be very appealing to look at.

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