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This woman is the face of both DMK, AIADMK ad campaigns

Tamil Nadu 2016 Updated: May 12, 2016 18:36 IST
Aditya Iyer
Aditya Iyer
Hindustan Times
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GT Kasturi, popularly known as Kasturi Paati or grandmother in Tamil, has become an overnight sensation after bemused viewers saw her in the ads for the bitter rivals of Dravidian politics.(Screengrab)

Picture this: An elderly woman is eating food at a temple and complaining that her own children don’t feed her at home. The two leaves symbol of the AIADMK is subtly incorporated into the background.

Now this: An old woman says there must be an end to governance by leaders who don’t understand the ground realities of ordinary people. The DMK’s rising sun follows her passionate plea.

The catch? The woman cast in the ads of the two political parties is the same.

GT Kasturi, popularly known as Kasturi Paati (grandmother in Tamil), has become an overnight sensation after bemused viewers saw her in the ads for the bitter rivals of Dravidian politics.

“I am shocked. I wasn’t told by the casting agent that I would be acting in a DMK ad,” Kasturi, who has appeared in over 300 films over the last 25 years, told Tamil magazine Vikatan. “I thought I was only appearing in Amma’s ad.”

Claiming she is neutral and does not favour any one party specifically, the 67-year-old actor said that she received Rs 1,500 for the AIADMK ad, but only Rs 1,000 for the DMK’s.

Even the most astute of political analysts could not have predicted that the common link between the two Dravidian majors could be a former All India Radio actor.