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Monday August 15, 2011

Mohd Khalil wows crowd by acting as MGR

MALACCA: Malacca Governor Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob, a diehard M.G. Ramachandran (MGR) fan, dazzled thousands here when he re-enacted the late actor’s role in the 1964 blockbuster Vettaikaran at the State Culture and Art Auditorium in Ayer Keroh.

Mohd Khalil’s splendid 45-minute performance with Bukit Katil MIC chairman K. Basil received a standing ovation from an appreciative audience.

“I have been fascinated by Tamil movies as a boy. MGR has always projected noble values in his movies where good triumphs over evil and was a source of motivation for me during my teenage years,” Mohd Khalil said after the performance on Saturday.

Reel life: Mohd Khalil (left) and Basil re-enacting Vettaikaran at the State Culture and Art Auditorium on Saturday.

He had choreographed the moves and used Malay for the dialogue but interspersed it with a few Tamil words.

Mohd Khalil said his love for MGR movies had made him a Tamil film fan.

“Of course, now my favourite heroes are Surya and Tanush while I am often tickled by the humourous act of comedian Vadivellu,” he said.

Mohd Khalil said he agreed to take part in the performance as he wanted to entertain the Malacca folk and promote the values of integration.

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