From Silver Screen to Parliament: Actors Who Became Political Leaders in India

Actors Who Became Political Leaders

Voters in India have a long tradition of electing celebrities to parliament, and actors are no exception. This year, several well-known faces made the transition from the big screen to the halls of power. Let’s take a look at some of the prominent actors who are now Members of Parliament (MPs).

Hema Malini:

The evergreen “Dream Girl” of Hindi cinema continues her successful political career. She secured a third term in the Lok Sabha from Mathura, a constituency she’s represented since 2014. Malini previously served two terms in the Rajya Sabha, one as a nominated member and another as a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) representative.

Shatrughan Sinha:

The veteran actor returns to the Lok Sabha for a fourth time. He won the 2022 by-election in Asansol, West Bengal, on a Trinamool Congress ticket. This marks Sinha’s extensive experience in national politics.

Manoj Tiwari:

The popular Bhojpuri star begins his third term as an MP. He’s been the BJP’s preferred candidate for Delhi North West since 2014.

Ravi Kishan:

This versatile actor, known for his work in Hindi, Bhojpuri, and South Indian cinema, secured a Lok Sabha seat from Gorakhpur. He previously contested from this constituency in 2014 (with Congress) but emerged victorious in 2019 as a BJP nominee.

Kangana Ranaut:

The outspoken actress, famous for her powerful performances in films like Queen and Rangoon, translated her public voice into political action. She successfully contested the Mandi seat in Himachal Pradesh with the backing of the BJP.

Arun Govil:

The iconic Lord Rama from the epic television series Ramayana makes his foray into national politics. Fielded by the BJP, Govil will represent Meerut in the Lok Sabha.

Suresh Gopi:

The multifaceted actor and filmmaker from Malayalam cinema transitions from the Rajya Sabha to the Lok Sabha. After six years in the upper house, Gopi will now be the MP for Thrissur in Kerala, having contested on a BJP ticket.

This list showcases the ongoing trend of Indian voters electing actors they admire to positions of power. It will be interesting to see how these celebrities leverage their experience and public image to contribute to Indian politics.

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