Jose John June 3, 2016 No Comments
FILM STARS AS POLITICIANS When Indira Gandhi as Prime Minister was visit to USA during late Ronald Regan’s Presidential regime, the fact that a Hollywood star that had starred in as many as 50 films had by then climbed to super stardom as US President didn’t raise her eyebrows. In a disarming smile she disclosed that in her country there was already a well-known film star in the Tamil film world who had become the Chief Minister of Madras State. Perhaps M.G. Ramachandran was the first film star in the country to have become the Chief Minister of a State. For that manner Tamil Cinema has been a pioneer in projecting film stars or those associated with the film industry in one capacity or another in the political field. The redoubtable DMK Chief Mr. Karunanidhi was himself a great script writer for several classical films in Tamil. M.G. Ramachandran—affectionately called MGR by his fans in Tamil Nadu—was popularly known as Makkal Tilakom (the icon of the masses). MGR broke away from Karunanidhi’s DMK to form the AIADMK. MGR was totally identified with the welfare of the underdog: he sought to duplicate in the political field the stellar role he played in the cine world. As a rabble-rouser he used...
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