Karan Johar’s commitment to family ties as a subject of his films is well known. It will find an echo in the current movies of Chennai. With assembly elections due in a few months, the DMK is pulling no stops. The local media is full of stories on the many members of the first family of politics, their feuds and foibles, and the enormous and alarming clout they have come to wield. There is a possibility that M. Karunanidhi’s elder son Azhagiri will be asked to come to Chennai from Madurai, given his penchant for flexing muscle during campaigns. But he is likely to challenge his half-sister Kanimozhi’s prominence. Kanimozhi is in the public eye as patron of the NGO Tamil Maiyam, implicated in the 2G spectrum scam. Though the Madras High Court has directed the Tamil Nadu government to distance itself from the NGO, given the scam link, her father will inaugurate the folk art festival she is hosting. Durga Stalin, wife of M.K. Stalin, is writing a homey story of the Karunanidhi family in a women’s magazine. Kalanidhi Maran, Karunanidhi’s nephew, is producing movies, as is Udayanidhi Stalin, Stalin’s son, currently seen as the producer with the golden touch. As for the octogenarian chief minister, an old hand at screenwriting, his 75th screenplay reached the cinemas as Ilaignan during the Pongal season. In a world controlled by images, the Karunanidhi family has known well how to use the media to influence the public. The mix of cinema and politics in Tamil Nadu remains in a churn—as it always has.