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Actors in Politics

It is said that actors are more good in politics due to their acting skills! Mostly in India, where they have huge fan following, and they can en-vote their popularity. India has failed and successful history of actors turning into politicians. But the experiences say that, it is good for actors to remain actors only and not turned into politicians.

Let us talk on some of the most popular actors who tried their hands on politics.

Amitabh Bachchan

Being a close friend of Rajiv Gandhi the then Prime Minister of India, Amitabh Bachchan contested the Lok Sabha election from his native Allahabad in the year 1984.

Fortunately, he won the election with a huge majority. But we all know that, he wasn’t successful as a politician.

He might have won the election for his huge popularity as a leading actor of bollywood, but politics is altogether a different field, where his tactics couldn’t approved to be successful.

But Jaya Bachchan is still a member of Lok Sabha and doing well. Mostly because she is with Samajwadi Party.


Jayaprada the successful actress from Kollywood (South Indian film Industry), stood in the election of Lok Sabha from Rampur for Samajwadi Party in the year 2002. She won that election. But later we didn’t hear much about her political career or the changes she made in the society with her political affluence. May be, she was just a face to the public where as decision making was done by the party itself, after she won the election.

Sanjay Dutt

Here comes the macho man of bollywood who always carries controversies with him since the ruling days of Ibrahim Dawood in India. He has also tested the air of prison. This year, 2009, Samajwadi Party has selected him to contest for the Lucknow Lok Sabha seat. His character of ‘Munnabhai’ in the movie ‘Munnabhai MBBS’ has given him great popularity, so may be he can en-vote that this year. Her sister who is a congress member, was agonized on Sanajy’s decision of joining Samajwadi Party. He seems to have great chances to win the election, looking at his popularity.


Largely known for her wardrobe, tamil film actress Jaylalitha had a very successful career as a politician. She was elected as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and ruled successfully.

Smriti Irani

Kyunki Saans bhi kabhi bahu thi fame carrying Smriti Irani has also tried her luck in politics. She joined BJP as her political party.

She had this huge women fans, upon whom she had all her expectations. She too won the election, but we can not hear then after much about her political career.

Other actors who tried their fame into politics are Vyjanthimala, Rajesh Khanna, Shatrughan Sinha, Raj Babbar, Jaya Bachchan, Hema Malini, Dharmendra, Govinda and Poonam Dhillon.

Govinda popularly known as ‘Virar Boy’ had won the election, but his failure to provide basic life needs to his elected area, turned him into a bad politician. This also affected his acting career. And these days he is struggling getting lead roles in the bollywood movies.


Devang Vibhakar is the Founder and Editor of www.SpeakBindas.com. He has interviewed more than 350 people. His effort was recognized by Limca Book of Records, twice. He has been to Scotland as well as Germany as part of vocational & cultural exchange programs and has compiled five books so far. He's passionate about bringing forth interesting stories & interviews of entrepreneurs to avid readers of SpeakBindas. He can be reached here.

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