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Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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There has been a paradigm shift in the participation of the film personalities from Hindi cinema in one of the most keenly contested and one of the programmes as a category that has generated the maximum TRP, aka the Indian elections. In these elections two kind of definite streams have emerged that are also indicative of the manner in which the film stars are taking their role in the society, it being derived from the popular image that they have in the mind of the general public.

Those film stars who belong to the older generation of the likes of Shatrughan Sinha and Vinod Khanna are fighting the elections on their own, though there has been a protest against them about their involvement in the legislative role, as also in serving the cause of the constituency which selected them. From the last Lok Sabha this kind of insinuation has been labeled against Govinda and Dharmendra. Possibly therefore they have decided to be out of the fray.

The younger generation has however has taken a different role. Instead of participating in the process of electioneering and limiting their appeal to a particular political party, they have taken upon themselves to lead by example. Therefore, be it Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta or Shilpa Shetty who are presently with their teams in South Africa attending Indian Premier League; have decided to come back to India and vote. Aamir Khan has showed same kind of commitment, and has announced that he would come to India only to vote. Salman Khan is doing it in his own way. He is campaigning for various candidates, thereby underlining the point that his commitment is to the cause of the country and not to a party.

Karan Johar in his own imitable manner has done it for the cause of democracy in the country. He has brought all the stars together and is building up a campaign imploring upon all the citizens of the country to exercise their franchise this time around, and his film is a whose who of the film industry, be it Abhishek, Priyanka, Ranbir, Deepika, or John Abraham, name the star of the present times, he is there in the campaign. The aberration in this is Sanjay Dutt, who seems to be playing to the gallery forgetting that while dialogues written for screen draw claps and accolades the same can become a pain in the neck when done in public, more so in election times.

Instead of recognizing this initiative it is being frowned upon, as it is not subservient to a particular political ideology but is imploring upon citizens to vote. It indeed is a healthy sign and may be, by the time the next general elections are around the corner, a Shah Rukh, an Aamir or a Salman can begin a new career in politics akin to their brethren from South. It would indeed benefit all and till then we can keep our fingers crossed.



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