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Actor M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar

 

Actor M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar (7 March 1910 – 1 November 1959), also called M.K.T., was a Tamil film actor, producer and Carnatic music singer. He is considered to be one of the most successful Tamil film actors ever.
Actor M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar (3 January 1909 – 1 November 1959), also called MKT, was a Tamil film actor and Carnatic singer. He acted in 15 films overall, of which six were very successful. His 1944 film Haridas created a record of sorts by becoming the first Indian film to run continuously for three years at a single cinema theatre. Convicted in the Lakshmikantan murder case, Bhagavathar was arrested along with comedian N. S. Krishnan and spent four years in prison before being acquitted in 1948 when a retrial found both Bhagavathar and NSK innocent. However, the movies he acted in after his release from prison did not do well in the box office. He died on 1 November 1959 due to cirrhosis. MKT is widely regarded as the second superstar of Tamil cinema after P. U. Chinnappa.

Bhagavathar was the first super star in Tamil film industry,himself along with Chinnappa started the culture of dual stars ruling the Tamil industry who attained demigod status in Tamil Nadu.

Born Mayavaram Krishnamurthy Thyagaraja Bhagavathar
7 March 1910
Mayiladuthurai, Tanjore district
Died 1 November 1959 (aged 49)
Madras, Madras State, India
Other names M. K. T.
Years active 1934–1959
Children M. K. T. Raveendran

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