Sivakumar: After Periyar and Rajaji, only Kalaignar attained prominence as a pan-Indian leader. He implemented schemes for the betterment of the oppressed no sooner he came to power, as envisioned by Periyar. He preserved Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, the party built by Arignar Anna, for nearly 70 years. Kalaignar excelled equally in cinema and politics. He was instrumental in making Tamil cinema dialogues more authentic in the 1950s. I delivered his dialogues in films like Paasa Paravaigal and Paadatha Theneekkal. He watched and blessed Suriya’s first movie Nerukku Ner as well as Karthi’s debut Paruthiveeran.

Vikram Prabhu: Grandad’s oldest friend, his best man at his wedding, a part of the family even before the brand Sivaji came in to the industry & a well-wisher of all things related to Annai illam . We will miss you Aiyah.

Khushbu Sundar: This was the last pic I had taken with him a little over a month ago..Never knew this will be the last time I will be seeing the great Leader..will miss you Appa.. The Son of the Sun has set, never to rise again.. The era of the great #Dr.KalaignarKarunanidhi comes to an end.. a name that will be etched in the minds n hearts of everyone in TN..he will be remembered till this planet has history of tall Statesmen who have served their people till the last breath..#Dr.Kalaignar is immortal. I feel I am orphaned..

Rajinikanth: Today is a Black Day in my life, as Kalignar Ayya passed away. Let his soul rest in peace.

Radhikaa Sarathkumar: Dark day for us, my mind and heart is full of memories of this tall leader @kalaignar89 , man who instilled and strived for the pride of Tamils. His spirit will always live on, will miss him terribly. A tall and great leader gone, bid him a tearful adieu. Tamil Nadu and politics will never be the same again for me.

Trisha Krishnan : Another era comes to an end.

Allot space on Marina for Kalaignar: Vishal Deeply saddened 2 hear that our iconic leader #KalaignarKarunanidhi ayya is no more. An irreplaceable leader. nobody can match his contribution in politics and cinema. The film industry will miss him dearly. My deepest condolences 2 his family n his followers. RIP .I request Tn govt 2 allot marina beach Kalaignar Ayya definitely deserves a place in Marina Beach for his contribution and being a leader for a Political party for 50 years. I hereby request the Tamilnadu Government to take all efforts possible to allot space in Marina for Kalaignar Ayya’s burial #MarinaForKalaignar

Nadigar Sangam condoles death of Kalaignar: Nadigar Sangham expressed grief over the demise of Karunanidhi, former CM and a lifetime member of the Sangam, it said in a statement.

“Kalaignar was well known as a film script and dialogue writer even before coming to politics, who later ruled five terms as Tamil Nadu’s CM. His powerful dialogues were immortal. His writing created heroes. He brought several good measures to Tamil cinema when he was a CM. His is an irreparable loss to Tamil Nadu as well as Tamil film industry,” the statement said.

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