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Kalanidhi Maran

Sun Network Chairman Kalanithi Maran along with his wife Kavery Kalanithi (L) donates Rs 10 Cr to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin towards the Chief Minister Public Relief Fund (CMPRF) to support its fight against Covid-19, at his residence in Chennai. Chief Minister's wife Durga Stalin (R) is also seen.

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M. Karunanidhi with two of his wives, Rajathi Ammal (left) and Dayalu Ammal

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The Maran brothers Political pressures took a toll on the Kalanidhi-owned airline

Kalanidhi Maran

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Beleaguered hero? Check. Two chief ministers? Check. Taking on the system? Check. Incredibly apt even if obvious title? Check. There, in 15 words, you have the reasoning why the Kalanidhi Maran-Jayalalithaa saga is a perfect fit with a much-delayed and finally released in 2001 movie that no one really recalls anymore. After coming to power, one of the first acts of the new chief minister of Tamil Nadu was to take on the Marans, relaunching the state-owned Arasu Cable TV and attempting to rein in Maran’s Sun TV empire. The impact on Maran has been virtually immediate but is this just a temporary eclipse or a setting of the sun? (If it helps, in the movie, not only does the hero win, he even wins over the chief minister.)

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The birthday boy with his wife Dayalu amma and children and grandchildren