Maran’s Sun Pictures enjoyed a stellar 2018 with the political actioner “Sarkar,” while 2019 began with the bang of “Petta,” starring mono-monikered superstar Rajinikanth. The billionaire media titan was born into a powerful political family in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, where his clan is now ascendant after a sweeping victory in the 2019 parliamentary elections. His Sun Group conglomerate is by far the dominant Indian player, with 33 television channels in the Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam languages reaching 95 million households, as well as 55 FM radio channels, two newspapers and five magazines. The group’s DTH outfit, Sun Direct, is an 80:20 joint venture with Malaysia’s Astro Group. In 2012, Maran bought the Sunrisers Hyderabad cricket franchise.