Is it not an astonishing fact that for more than four decades, from 1967 onwards, the actors-turned-politicians are ruling the state of Tamilnadu in India with their star power remaining undiminished?
Can films help someone to capture state power? That was what precisely happened in two Southern states of India, Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh. The legendary M.G. Ramachandran, popularly called MGR, used the cine-medium effectively and enjoyed tremendous popular appeal for himself and for his political party, eventually becoming the Chief Minister of the state. In the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh, the same thing happened, though in a different way.
This document vividly describes this wonderful phenomena.
Can films help someone to capture state power?
Cinema and Politics
Publication date: 09/02/2011
Astonishing story of actors becoming successful political heads.
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