The Image Trap: M G Ramachandran in Film and Politics
This book examines the fascinating career of the late M G Ramachandran (or `MGR'), the film-actor-turned-politician of Tamilnadu.
The author begins by explaining why MGR's career merits serious attention and then moves on to elaborate the various elements of the cinematic persona of MGR, to study the reasons for his acceptance at a popular level, to explore the roots of this popularity and finally to analyze his transition into political life.
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Review: The Image Trap: MG Ramachandran In Film And PoliticsUser Review - Kajal - Goodreads
Very academic, but a good read if you want to understand the idealisation of people in public life, especially film stars, in Tamilnadu. The writer seems to have trashed most of the 'good populist'schemes that are invoked in MGR's memory. Read full review
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