December 25, 1987 |
As an actor, he played in 130 movies in which he was always the hero, never the heavy. They were nearly all romantic sagas about brave, honest men fighting against daunting odds for the honor of women, most often, mothers. As a politician, he was the undisputed leader of a state with a population nearly as great as that of France. Indeed, some of his opponents accused him of tyranny equal to France's Bourbon kings.
December 24, 1987
India's M.G.R. Ramachandran, a former film star and the nation's best-known politician after Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, has died, the government said. He was 70. Doctors said that Ramachandran, chief minister of the southern Tamil Nadu state, died of a heart attack at his home in the southern city of Madras. Thousands of mourners gathered outside the home as news of his death spread. Ramachandran, known throughout India simply as "M.G.R.