Although politics and the movie world are well connected in Tamil Nadu, on-screen action heroes have failed to come on top in the state assembly polls, unlike in the climax of their movies.
The actor-turned-politician and leader of All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi, R Sarathkumar lost in Tiruchendur constituency against his DMK rival Anitha R Radhakrishnan.
Contesting under the 'two leaves' symbol of AIADMK, Sarathkumar secured only 62,356 votes against Radhakrishnan who claimed victory with 88,357 votes.
At Ulundurpettai, another actor-turned-politician and DMDK leader Vijayakanth came third with 26,950 votes and trailing far behind the candidates from AIADMK (63,906 votes) and DMK (57,850 votes).
An exception to the trend, however, was DMK-nominee Vagai Chandrasekar who has played supporting roles in Tamil movies. Chandrasekar led in Velachery constituency in Chennai against his AIADMK rival C Munusamy by 8,100 votes.
J Jayalalithaa, a former actress, won the assembly polls convincingly to retain power as the Chief Minister. She thanked the people of Tamil Nadu and termed her victory as historic.
"This election has upheld true democracy shattering to pieces the campaign of lies of DMK. This election has put a permanent full stop to the family rule," she said.
"There are no words in the dictionary to explain my sense of gratitude for the people of Tamil Nadu, I will forever be indebted to the people of Tamil Nadu who have reposed full faith on me and by making AIADMK emerge victorious in a big way," Jayalalithaa has said, according to a report from rediff.com.
"I have no other interest in life except for working for people of Tamil Nadu. Will continue to work for people of Tamil Nadu and will strive for fulfilment of promises I have made in election manifesto," she added.
Jayalalithaa is likely to take oath for her second term as the Chief Minister on May 23rd.