Around 15 film actors are contesting Lok Sabha elections this year. The south Indian film stars have been gaining success in the politics.

Interestingly, it has become a tradition for south Indian actors who usually prefer joining politics after achieving much recognition and accomplishment in their filmy career.

Jayalalithaa Jayaram (66):

Party: All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

She is the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and popularly known as ‘Amma’. Her supporters call her Puratchi Thalavi (revolutionary leader).   

Tamil Nadu with total 39 Parliamentary seats would be playing a significant role in the Lok Sabha elections. She is also being projected as the prime ministerial candidate from Federal front. Interestingly, she didn’t express her unwillingness over it. Jayalalitha started her filmy career with Tamil films at the age of 15.

Jayalalithaa acted opposite Shivaji Ganesan in Pattikada Pattanama (1972) which went onto win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil in 1973.

Her second film Deiva Magan (English: Divine Son) with Sivaji Ganesan was the first Tamil film to be nominated for Oscar’s under foreign language category.  

Jayalalithaa was the first Tamil actress who wore skirt in Tamil films.

In the year 1968, she acted in a Bollywood film ‘Izzat’ opposite Dharmendra.

MG Ramachandran (1917-1987): After gaining much accomplishment and recognition in the Tamil films for around three decades, he entered into politics. In 1972, he founded the AIADMK. Five years later, he became the first actor to become the chief minister of any state.      

M Karunanidhi (92): Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief Karunanidhi was a story and script writer in Tamil film before joining politics. He is also known as Kalaignar (artists).      

Vijayakanth (61): He is the Leader of Opposition in Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly. Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) leader.
He is nicknamed as 'Captain' after the 1991 movie Captain Prabhakaran which was his 100th film.