Before Madhuri Dixit, a look at actors who joined politics
Bollywood's dhak dhak girl Madhuri Dixit is all set to pick up a new challenge and recognition as she has been approached by the Bhartiya Janta Party. The actress will be standing from the Pune Constituency in the 2019 general elections to represent BJP as per party sources.
As per media reports, BJP chief Amit Shah had visited Madhuri's Mumbai residence and briefed her upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi's achievements. Her name has been shortlisted for the Pune Lok Sabha seat, a senior BJP leader revealed to PTI. The party has finalized giving candidature to Madhuri Dixit. We think the Pune Lok Sabha constituency will be better for her, he added.
Madhuri Dixit is an all-rounder and her step into a completely new field also promises for a better future. We wish her a good luck for a new beginning. Apart from her, Bollywood has also seen certain stars who have made their cut in politics, though some failed but are remembered for their entry as a politician. These actors-turned-politicians are bestowed with immense love and it is something to take note of. There are several stars who left Bollywood only to join the rat-race of grabbing the ‘Chair’ We take you through a rundown of the actors:
Bollywood’s hard villain turn to become politics biggest hero. He entered politics by contesting in by-election opposite Rajesh Khanna in 1991. However, he lost both the election and his friend Rajesh Khanna. Sinha in an interview revealed that the election was the biggest regret in his life.
Govinda is considered as one of the flourishing actors of Bollywood in the 1990s. Though in the 2000s he suffered a sting at the box office and this is when he entered politics as a member of Indian National Congress. In 2004, he was elected as the seventh member of parliament for the Mumbai North constituency in the 14th Lok Sabha elections and defeated Bharatiya Janata Party’s Ram Naik with a whopping majority.
Actor and lawmaker Raj Babbar entered politics in 1989 by joining Janata Dal. He later joined Samajwadi Party and was a member of Rajya Sabha from 1994 to 1999. He was re-elected in the 14th Lok Sabha elections in 2004 and was suspended from the party in 2006. He joined the Indian National Congress in 2008 and was elected as the Member of Parliament in 2009.
In 1984, the legendary actor took a break from acting and entered politics to support his friend Rajiv Gandhi. He contested from the Allahabad seat in the 8th Lok Sabha elections against former CM of Uttar Pradesh Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna and won by a large margin – 68.2 percent of the vote. He soon realised that he couldnt handle it and he resigned after three years.
Veteran actress Jaya Bachchan is one of the most versatile actresses of Indian cinema and has showcased her talent and capability not only as an actress but also as a politician. She has always been quite active when it comes to the political scenario. She is also felicitated with India’s fourth highest civilian award Padma Shri by the Government of India.
Bollywood's He-Man Dharmendra made waves in the Hindi film industry as a strong, quiet and dashing hero. He is not only a successful actor but also a popular politician. In 2004 General Elections, he was elected as the MP from Bikaner in Rajasthan from the Bharatiya Janata Party. He was criticised for his remark made during his election campaign where he was quoted saying that he should be elected Dictator perpetuo to teach basic etiquette that democracy requires.
Kirron Kher started her political career with her involvement with non-profit organisations such as ‘Laadli’ – campaign against female infanticide and ‘Roko Cancer’ – campaign for Cancer awareness. She has also participated in the Anna Hazare’s Indian anti-corruption movement in 2011 but when a section of Anna’s team came up the idea of forming ‘Aam Aadmi Party’ she refused to be part of it stating that the group was better as a non-political organisation.
Former Bollywood actress Jaya Prada bid good bye to Bollywood and made her foray into politics. She started her political career with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in 1994 but soon left the party following differences with party supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu. She then joined the Samajwadi Party and contested from Rampur Parliamentary Constituency in UP during the 2004 General election and got elected. She was re-elected in 2009.
Actress-politician Hema Malini campaigned for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Vinod Khanna, former Bollywood actor during the Lok Sabha elections in Gurdaspur, Punjab. From 2003 to 2009, the then President of India APJ Abdul Kalam nominated her as the MP to the Rajya Sabha. She officially joined BJP in 2004 and was appointed as the general secretary of the BJP. In 2014 General Elections, she was elected to Lok Sabha after she defeated Jayant Chaudhary.