Dr Alagappa Chettiar(Padma Bhushan),And The Untold Story of An Airline To Ferry Refugees During Partition

A tribute to Dr Alagappa Chettiar,(6 April 1909 – 5 April 1957) The business tycoon, philanthropist and aviator who received the Padma Bhushan in 1957. Actor Suriya’s role as Maara in Soorarai Pottru is said to be based on the journey of retired Army Captain G R Gopinath who established the low cost Deccan Airways in the late 1990s. Though Gopinath is from Karnataka, the film has Maara belonging to Usilampatti, about 40 kms west of Madurai. But not many perhaps are

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