Every time India gears up for its elections the entire process somehow metamorphoses into some kind of star studded carnival. It is ironic to witness how the most important right of an individual to choose his or her representative to the House of Commons in the end becomes a strange dance of democracy. Perhaps the overwhelming presence of film stars and entertainers attribute to this crazy onset of election clamor. Politics therefore, emerged as one of the most popular secondary choices for stars to be in limelight after their stint as onscreen Gods and Divas had come to an end.
One of the most recent elections, the general elections in 2014 witnessed something similar. This time around the general elections were all about heat, noise, crowd and significant amount of glamour. We saw known faces of Hindi Film Industry to get down on road either to campaign in favour of some political party or to campaign for their own candidature.
Thus it is best to say that Parliament proceedings this year will surely have some Bollywood tadka to spice up their otherwise mundane schedules. To start off with lets mention the uber-high profile names that were nominated this year by our previous UPA government for Rajya Sabha. We saw the scorchin diva and screen Goddess, Rekha, stage a glamorous entry to the nominated post of Rajya Sabha. Along with her the carpet was laid down to welcome the master blaster, Sachin Tendulkar himself as the second most high profile nominated MP to Rajya Sabha. If reports are to be believed then, the presence of Rekha almost steered a stampede outside the parliament.
Talking about the new bees we simply cannot ignore the veterans from the film industry who time and again made it into the revered seats of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, speaking of whom the very first name that comes to my mind is that of Jaya Bachchan’s. She starred in end number of movies as the leading lady and was infamously pitted against Rekha because of the later’s alleged relationship with her husband, our very own star of the millennium Sri Amitabh Bachchan. Another leading lady whose popularity touched the sky around the same time also made a dashing entry as the most beautiful MP in Lok Sabha. Yes we are speaking about the ever graceful Hema Malini.
The quintessential Dream Girl of Bollywood kept no stones unturned to win over her voters this year. She contested from the constituency of Mathura and man, dint she win many votes along with the heart of voters.
Shabana Azmi, took care of her respected position as a member of Rajya Sabha. The actress was nominated as a member of Rajya Sabha in 1997 because of her exceptional contribution in performing arts and decades of philanthropy for different social causes and issue. Another actress who found herself a temporary foothold in Parliament would be Jaya Prada. However, her stint couldn’t last more than a year from 2009 to 2010 following a multiple political conflicts that the actress got indulged in.
Among other actresses to have made their way into the Parliament are Kirron Kher and Munmun Sen. They belonged to the list of debutants since it is only after they emerged victorious in the 2014 general elections that they got their ticket to Lok Sabha.
Our very own popular actors shouldn’t be left out. Parliament over the years was graced by the presence of popular male actors from Indian film industry as well. To mention a few, veteran actors like Paresh Rawal, Shatrugan Sinha and Vinod Khanna made their entry this year in Parliament. Popular actors of regional films like Dev and Manoj Tiwari also secured seats for themselves.
All in all we can easily say that Indian politics has suddenly become star struck. It is only with time that we can understand that whether or not these actors and actresses are as good in managing the affairs of our country as effortlessly they portray different shades on screen.