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Tamil Nadu polls: CR Saraswathi’s journey from silver screen to political theatre

She is not a glamorous star like her leader and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa once was. She is, what the Tamils would call, a ‘homely type’, perfectly suited to play the roles of a mother of teenage girls or a cantankerous mother-in-law. No specific film or teleserial comes to mind when one thinks of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s (AIADMK) Pallavaram candidate CR Saraswathi. But her smiling face is inordinately familiar – having beamed at the electorate from their television screens for many years in supporting roles played in popular teleserials.

Saraswathi begins her hectic campaign schedule early. “Come to the election office sharp at 6.30 am otherwise it will be difficult for you to catch me,” she told this reporter over phone.

The Pallavaram AIADMK election office though was locked at 6.30 am. Wondering if she had already left for her campaign, I called her again. “Oh! You’ve already come? I am on my way. Will be there in 10 minutes,” she stated in her matter of fact manner.

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