Colombo Telegraph

How did Tamil Nadu Come To Be Ruled By Actors?

How did one of India’s largest states come to be ruled by actors?

During the past 50 years, five of Tamil Nadu’s eight chief ministers have been film stars or scriptwriters. The state’s chief minister, Jayaram Jayalalitha, was once a starlet. The opposition is led by 89-year-old playwright, M. Karunanidhi, and his son, Stalin. This odd way of choosing politicians can be traced back to a 1958 film, “Parasakthi”, which marks the beginning of cinema as a political force in the state.

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