Be it Hollywood or Bollywood or Kollywood (Tamil Cinema) or Mollywood (Malayalam Cinema) or Tollywood ( Bengal Cinema as well as Telugu Cinema) Films star have always been a center of attraction to win elections due to their charm and a tremendous fan following. It is another story that only a handful of film stars around the globe have made an incredible impact on politics. For instance, Hollywood actor Ronald Reagan who became the Governor of California from 1967-1975 and later reached the zenith of politics by becoming President of the United States from 1981-1989.
Speaking of India, many actors became Member of Rajya Sabha Member, and even Ministers but the actors who could become Chief Minister have been just 3 and that too limited to South India. These three actors who ruled the hearts of people as Chief Minister are M.G. Ramachandran, N. T. Rama Rao, and Jayalalithaa Jayaram.
MGR ruled the Tamil Film Industry as a Superstar from the ’40s to ’70s until he joined politics after being influenced by Mahatma Gandhi. He is India’s First Film Star to Become a Chief Minister of a state. He first joined Congress and then joined Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK party) and later he formed his own party All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and became Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for ten years between 1977 and 1987. He remained as chief minister till his death in 1987, leading the AIADMK to two more electoral triumphs in 1980 and 1984. He was known as the People’s King and the government of India too saluted his contribution to India by bestowing him with Bharat Ratna!
MGR’s legacy was carried forward by Jayalalithaa Jayaram, a top actress of the ’60s and 70 in Tamil cinema and a favorite co-star of MGR. She became youngest Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on the AIADMK ticket from 1991 to 1996. Later she served 4 more terms as Chief Minister (2001 –2001), (2002 –2006), (2011 –2014) and (2015 –2016).
Like Kollywood (Tamil Cinema), Tollywood aka Telugu cinema’s Superstar N.T. Rama Rao was better known as NTR too easily transformed his popularity on the screen into forming his political party Telugu Desam Party and ruled as Chief Minister on three occasions during a period of seven years between 1983 to 1994.