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The South Indian film industry has seen several combinations of famous actors and film personalities entering politics and then taking it up as their primary profession, using the glamour and fan following to good advantage in politics. Examples of MG Ramachandran; NT Rama Rao and Jayalalitha come to mind immediately. Cho Ramaswamy is,however, in a different class of his own, showing extended versatility by being a journalist / editor; playwright cum political satirist and legal luminary all rolled into one, in addition to his being an actor in the comedian genre. If one considers the fact that he was also a Rajya Sabha member for a full term, then in addition to being a political satirist, Srinivasa Iyer Ramaswamy (or Cho Ramaswamy as we know him better), is also a politician, besides being a highly colourful, if sometimes controversial, personality. The person Cho is, however, more than the sum of all his attributes, and is at once one who is adulated by a large section in Tamilnadu, while others have equally strong negative feelings for him. Looking back at the acting portfolio of this octogenarian celebrity, he shot into prominence through his play “Muhammad Bin Tughluq” back in 1968, which caught the imagination of the audience with its pungent satire on current day politicians and society leaders. The audience lapped it up with minor variations to reflect the shifting contemporary realities, for almost 30 long years. Such was its popularity that a film on the same theme and the same name was made in 1971, with almost the same cast and with Cho in the lead role. Although the popularity remained undiminished, due to advancing years, Cho decided to perpetuate the play and his performance in it by releasing a DVD for the same. “Tughluq” also sort of branded Cho into a political satirist and also encouraged him to use the same Tughluq brand to serve as the name of his immensely popular political satire magazine. Although Cho has acted in more than 40 films and about 12 plays besides directing or writing the screenplay for some of them too, his “Tughluq” branding seems to have overshadowed much of this other accomplishments as well as blemishes, finally ending the debate about his predominating trait, and establishing him as one of the most well known political satirists today, who is known for his outspoken views and novel ways of raising public awareness on various issues.