As it has happened in the political landscape the report card of the film stars trying to make a career out of politics has been a mixed back. Or to put it in a context, the quotient of glamour has given success in some cases, while in other cases it has not been of any help.
The biggest surprise that has emerged is from South India, where the public has buckled the trend and has thrown out the film stars lock stock and barrel. Chiranjeevi who had jumped into the arena with great anticipation has not been able to score a victory at all. The message to him however is that he needs to work more in the field and may be by the time next elections are round the corner he can initiate his political career. In the same manner in the adjoining state of Karnataka Ambrish has come a cropper and so has Ashok. So South India has started turning new leaf?
Now coming to North India the biggest success of these elections should be Salman Khan as whichever candidate he campaigned for, has won and it seems that Salman's charm with the public remains intact. It however cannot be said about Sanjay Dutt who launched his political career with much fanfare but could not facilitate in converting his charisma as catalysis for more number of seats for his party. Lucknow seat from where he was supposed to fight could not fall in his party's bag. In the same manner, Manoj Tiwari the superstar of Bhojpuri films who aspired for a political launch found that it was stillborn. Only Jaya Prada from this party could win the elections, and it could be owing to the fact that it is her third term, so she has become a political entity rather than being a film star.
From the mainstream stars, Shatrughan Sinha has made a successful transition to the lower house of the Parliament by resoundingly thrashing Shekhar Suman and giving the message that antics performed in front of the television camera do not ensure a victory on the ground, as also probably the fact that between the two of them Shatrughan is the more popular star. It also was the case with Raj Babbar who has won second time in a row and is a pointer to the fact that when you have stepped into the political arena you have to give time to your constituency.
This was probably the reason that Vinod Khanna was humbled by the electorate as he had returned to the films in a big way and there might have been a perceived notion that he does not have time for politics. So he has been shown the door.
The message that emanates from these elections is the fact that the star charisma has started loosing its sheen and it is the work that is only going to count.