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This South Indian film poster epitomises the Indian film industry. The larger than life characters, epic melodramas, lavish sets and alternately wailing and ecstatic strings in the background!

We've all heard of filmstar politicians... how about filmstar gods! Hero worship is taken to a different plane altogether in South India, where they build temples to their favorite stars. The appeal of certain longstanding stars extends afar, like Rajnikanth being wildly (and improbably) popular in distant Japan!

As if the temples and posters were not enough, roaming across the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, you find giant cut outs of these stars, a few storeys high, decorated with gargantuan marigold garlands adorning the skyline.

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Additional Photos by Avishek Chakravarty (avis2avis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 465 W: 144 N: 470] (4264)
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