The Bollywood Crossover of Indian Politics

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The Bollywood Crossover of Indian Politics

Indian Politics

In India, the worlds of Bollywood and politics often intersect, with several prominent film personalities making the transition from the silver screen to the political arena. This crossover phenomenon has seen prominent figures from the entertainment industry take on roles as politicians, bringing their fame, influence, and fan base to the forefront of public discourse. The journeys of Bollywood celebrities who made the transition from the glitz and glamour of showbiz to the rough and tumble of Indian politics.

The Debutants

Kangana Ranaut 

Known for her unapologetic opinion on various issues, Kangana Ranaut made headlines when she expressed her political inclinations. Even before she became formally became a part of political party, her vocal support for nationalist ideologies and her criticism of some political figures have bought up ideas about her possible political career. Kangana’s fearless attitude and strong opinions have earned her both fans and critics, making her a polarizing figure in the Indian political landscape.

Arun Govil

A household name for portrayal of the role of Lord Ram in TV serial ‘Ramayana’ Arun Govil, entered into politics after achieving fame as an actor. Before recently joining BJP, he was part of a political campaign for Congress candidate Sunil Shastri in the Allahabad by-poll in 1988 but Mr. Shastri was defeated and Govil stayed away from politics since then. He joined the BJP in 2024 to contest Lok Sabha elections from Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut. His transition from portraying character of Ram to engaging in governance reflects the versatile nature of celebrity in politics.


The Sequels

The Sequels

Shatrughan Sinha

Fondly known as the ‘Shotgun of Bollywood’, Shatrughan Sinha’s transition from an actor to a politician was seamless. He has been active political figure since 80’s and served  as MP in BJP and Congress before becoming a part of TMC. Sinha’s fame and speeches made him loved by people, making him a famous figure in Indian politics.

Jaya Bachchan

Actress Jaya Bachchan’s entry into politics added a new dimension to her career. She joined the Samajwadi Party and was elected to the Rajya Sabha, representing the state of Uttar Pradesh. Bachchan’s constant commitment to social causes and support for women’s rights made her a respected figure in Indian politics.

Hema Malini

The ‘Dream Girl’ of Bollywood, Hema Malini’s transition from the silver screen to the political stage started by joining BJP. She was elected in Lok Sabha, from the Mathura constituency and is all set for LS election 2024. Malini’s stardom bought in voters, solidifying her position as a successful leader in Indian politics.

Govinda

The OG star of 90’s with those distinguishing dance moves, Govinda’s entry into politics brought a new wave of excitement. He joined the Congress party in 2004 and was elected as an MP from the Mumbai North constituency. He joined Eknath Shinde’s Shiv Sena recently solidifying his position in politics.

Ravi Kishan

Actor known for his  Bollywood and Bhojpuri performances, transitioned into politics by joining BJP. He contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh and emerged victorious, securing a seat in the lower house of the Indian Parliament. Kishan’s popularity among Bhojpuri-audience played an important role in his political success. 

Manoj Tiwari

The renowned actor and singer from Bhojpuri film industry, made his debut in politics with the Samajwadi Party before eventually joining the BJP. He was appointed as the President of the BJP’s Delhi unit because of his mass following and his connection to his roots and contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from the North East Delhi constituency. 

No Comeback

No Comeback

Urmila Matondkar

The ‘Rangeela’ actress contested election from North Mumbai from Congress ticket. She ended up losing to BJP candidate and called it exits for her political career from there.

Kirron Kher

The actress joined BJP in 2009 and became an MP in 2014 from Chandigarh constituency. Kirron Kher served as a leader in politics but is seen nowhere currently in political domain. She campaigned for BJP during the elections, including in Chandigarh for the 2011 municipal corporation elections. She has been a vocal admirer of BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi even before the candidature was announced.

Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan

The superstar of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan’s political career is a story of past. In 1980s, he contested from Allahabad parliamentary seat in support of a long-time family friend, Rajiv Gandhi. He won the 8th Lok Sabha and made a record breaking victory but resigned from his seat in July 1987 leading to his exit from politics. 

The entry of Bollywood celebrities into Indian politics brings a mix of glamour and controversy, it also highlights the evolving dynamics of democracy in the country. These celebrities-turned-politicians use  their star power at its best to connect with voters to get their support, and influence public opinion on various issues. As the celebrities continue to navigate the complex world of politics, their contributions serve as a proof to long term connection between Bollywood and Indian politics.