M. G. Ramachandran became a member of the DMK and rapidly rose through its ranks, using his enormous popularity as a film star to build a large political base. After few years he left the DMK to form his own party—AIADMK. Five years later, he steered an AIADMK-led alliance to victory in the 1977 election. He became Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, the first film actor to become a chief minister in India. Except for a six-month interregnum in 1980, when his government was overthrown by the Union government, he remained as chief minister till his death in 1987, leading the AIADMK to two more electoral triumphs in 1980 and 1984.