Actor-turned politician, Shatrughan Sinha once said, "If a pilot can become the prime minister, why can't a film star?" True to that, many B-Town celebrities have chosen to dabble with a career in politics after their failed stint in the Bollywood film industry.
There are many celebrities who have become active in politics to serve the people but then there are those who have entered politics as the only alternate option to their failed film career. Be it for whatever reason for the entry of film stars into politics, it sure is raising the glam quotient in our political scenario.
Here is a list of some famous Bollywood celebrities who have turned to become politicians.
Mithun is affiliated to the Trinamool Congress Party and was elected as a Rajya Sabha MP in February this year. He was quoted saying "I have been given the job of looking after people's welfare. A Rajya Sabha seat should not be treated as an ornamental position. I either do it with full sincerity or I don't take it on at all."
She was a Rajya Sabha MP from 2005 to 2009 and she continues to be an active member of the BJP. She was quoted saying "I am actively involved in politics even after the expiry of my term as an MP. If I get to contest the Lok Sabha elections this year, I will be more than happy."
Her career in politics started when she became the Rajya Sabha member in 2004. In 2012, she became a Lok Sabha member and represents the Samajwadi Party. She said, "Hum UP ke log hain, isliye Hindi mein baat karenge, Maharashtra ke log maaf kijiye".(Translation: We are from UP, so we will speak in Hindi. People of Maharashtra, please excuse us)."
Actress turned politician, Smriti joined the BJP in 2003. She became vice-president of the Maharashtra Youth Wing in 2004. She is contesting from Amethi to take on Congress vice president and sitting MP Rahul Gandhi. She said, "This time in Amethi there was 'Modi wave' instead of 'Gandhi wave'."
He debuted in politics by fighting election against actor Shekhar Suman. Sinha had appeared as a candidate for Samajwadi Party in Lucknow. Currently, he is an active member of BJP. He said "if popularity was the yardstick for choosing a leader, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan should become the President of India."
In 2012, she was nominated as a Rajya Sabha MP by the President of India. Since then, she has been working on issues related to children development, environment and culture. She said, "I am looking forward to serve people of this country. I promise to do my work from the bottom of my heart. I will continue to serve and entertain you. I will make you proud of me."
He joined Indian National Congress and successively elected for fourth term as a Member of Parliament and he won his fourth term by defeating Dimple Yadav, daughter-in-law of Mulayam Singh Yadav. In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he is contesting from Ghaziabad on a Congress Ticket. He said "Unlike BJP which is fighting elections on rhetoric Modi, Congress is contesting elections on historical background in freedom struggle."
She has been a Congress supporter since 2006 and has been keen to contest the elections for a long time now. She was quoted "My mom is a Muslim and my dad is a Hindu. We were raised in an environment where we were asked to respect all religions. Communal riots pained me and I wanted to do something about it, so I joined politics."
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She joined the Trinamool Congress party in March 2014 and will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha election. She said "I don't know why people are going about the ‘glamour' factor. It shouldn't be an unknown factor in politics because we have an Italian who is like a PM and former actress Jayalalithaa as CM with quite a personality and a unique wardrobe."