From veteran movie stars turned politicians like Raj Babbar, Shatrughan Sinha and Hema Malini to amateurs like Kirron Kher, Gul Panag, Pawan Kaltan, Munmun Sen, and numerous celebrities have entered electoral politics this year to find their lot. This indeed has added glamour to the battleground.
There is nothing new about film star’s indulgence in politics. However, this involvement has not been a success in North India as it is in South India. People in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have this unrivaled passion for their movie stars that they brought them into power by giving their precious votes to stars like N T Ramarao, M.G Ramachandran.
However, the case is different in North. Big stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra, Govinda, all entered politics with ballyhoo but had to leave it in the middle of nowhere.
An interesting battle between two celebrities – Gul Panag (Aam Admi Party) and Kirron Kher (BJP) is on the cards this year in Chandigarh. Both seem to have an edge over one another. On one side Gul Panag has the youth appeal, and on the other we have Kirron who has extolled career.
Relying on regional overture, Congress’s lot has Bhojpuri superstar Ravi Kishan (Jaunpur), Veteran actor Raj Babbar (Ghaziabad) and actor Nagma (Meerut).
BJP led by Narendra Modi is on with the old Bollywood brigade of Shatrughan Sinha (Patna Sahib), Hema Malini (Mathura) and these new comers – Paresh Rawal (Ahmedabad East), Babul Suprio (Asansol) and Joy Bannerjee (Birbhum).
Now the most star filled party – Trinamool Congress led by Mamta Bannerjee. It has Suchitra Sen’s daughter Moon Moon fighting from Bankura, Sandhya Sen from Midnapore, Biswajit from New Delhi, superstar Dev from Ghatal and singers Soumitra Roy and Indranil Sen among others.
Inspite of the certain hiccups in their political careers, some stars clung to politics. Like Sunil Dutt and Sinha became cabinet ministers. Dutt prevailed as a politician until his last days, while Sinha is still in the battle.
Director Prakash Jha on loosing in Champaran vowed not to come back to politics. But now he is trying his luck a third time as a JD(U) candidate from Bettiah after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar convinced him to join the battle again.
Well it is a fact that a celebrity gets all eyes on them and they get a ready space in political parties in contrast to a common person who do not become a center of attraction. Now it is to be seen whether the current and the new lot of celebrities manage to convert their star appeal into a political magnate or they also are dissolved in the heat and dust of the political system.