27 September, 2020

Dark Horse, Off Screen

He's keen to own all big political legacies in TN. Vijaykanth may take it to fruition too.

Dark Horse, Off Screen
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The 'Black' MGR

Here's why actor Vijaykanth is a growing political force in Tamil Nadu:

  • His DMDK, is seen as a threat by both the DMK and the AIADMK
  • It polled 8.3% in the 2006 assembly polls. This is expected to go up.
  • Vijaykanth, projected as the dark MGR, is getting popular with the youth
  • Political parties have begun to take him seriously, respond to his criticism
  • He has met national politicians and says he is willing to strike alliances

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They call him Captain after a character he played in one of his films. He is also the "Karuppu MGR", not only because he is dark-complexioned but his supporters feel he embodies all that the late actor-turned-politician stood for. There is yet another moniker for him—Puratchi Kalaignar or revolutionary artist. It's a clever mix of Puratchi Thalaivi (revolutionary leader) and Kalaignar—the titles bestowed upon AIADMK chief J. Jayalalitha and DMK's M. Karunanidhi by their...

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