This work breaks new ground in the understanding of South Indian cinema and politics. Through incisive analysis and original concepts it illustrates the private, public and cinematic personas of MGR and Rajinikanth. It challenges the popular and scholarly myths surrounding them and shows the constant negotiation of their on-screen and off-screen identities. The book revisits the entire political history of post-Independent Tamil Nadu through its cinema,and presents a refreshing psycho-political and cultural map of contemporary South India.

This absorbing volume will be an important read for scholars, teachers and students of film studies, culture and media studies, and politics, especially those interested in South India.

part |2 pages

Part I: Politics of Narrative

chapter 1|9 pages

Assemblage Structure

chapter 2|19 pages

Image-Building Devices

part |2 pages

Part II: Politics of Body

chapter 3|10 pages

Imaging Male Body

chapter 4|8 pages

On Being a Man’s Woman

chapter 5|11 pages

Psycho-Cultural Mapping of Body

chapter 6|11 pages

Double-Bodied Migrantcy

chapter 7|7 pages

Wealth of Poverty

chapter 8|23 pages

Dispensation of Justice

part |2 pages

Part III: Politics of Imaging Politics

chapter 9|20 pages

Image and Imagining

chapter 10|18 pages

Politically Loaded Octa-Motifs

chapter 11|9 pages

Imaging by Tactexting

chapter 12|16 pages

MGR: Politics as Co-text

chapter 13|16 pages

RK: Politics as Context

chapter 14|16 pages

Cinelating Politiking

chapter 15|68 pages

Politics Beyond Politics: Trans-Image Voting