The Image Trap: M G Ramachandran in Film and Politics

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SAGE Publications, Jan 8, 1992 - Social Science - 168 pages
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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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About the author (1992)

M.S.S. Pandian was Professor at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, since August 2009. Previously, he has been Rama Wattamul Distinguished Indian Scholar, University of Hawaii, Honolulu (2008); Visiting Fellow, Centre of South Asian Studies, Cambridge University, UK (2004); Visiting Professor in Human Sciences, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. (2002); Honorary Visiting Fellow, Sarai Programme, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi (2002-09); Visiting Professor of History, University of Wisconsin, Madison (2001); Fellow, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai (1989-2001); and Fellow, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (1986-88). His publications include Brahmin and Non-Brahmin : Genealogies of the Tamil Political Present (2007/2008); The Image Trap: M G Ramachandran in Films and Politics (SAGE, 1992); and Political Economy of Agrarian Change: Nanchilnadu, 1880-1939 (SAGE, 1990). He has also co-edited Muslims, Dalits and Fabrications of History: Subaltern Studies: Writings on South Asian History and Society , Vol. 12 (2005). The book is published posthumously but before his untimely death; he had approved the book for publishing.

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