Muthuvel Karunanidhi is the head of the Dravidian Political Kazhagam (DMK), a political party in Tamil Nadu. He had been Chief Minister of the state five times in the past and had held the post of the leader of DMK since 1969. With a political career spanning more than 60 years, his first brush with politics was at the young age of 14. His biggest political opponent in the state was M.G. Ramachandran's ADMK and later Jayalalithaa. Apart from being a politician, he is also a playwright and screenwriter in Tamil cinema.