13 Actors Who Joined Politics And Made Headlines 

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13 Actors Who Joined Politics And Made Headlines 
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While Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth are still figuring out their political career, many film actors have left the glamorous world of acting and joined the dramatic world of politics. 

Successful or not, many stars have given up acting to join politics. Maybe it is their way of testing their fanbase. 

WittyFeed brings you a list of 13 film actors who joined politics. 

Shabana Azmi

Bollywood actor in politics

Shabana Azmi was nominated to Rajya Sabha in 1997. Soon enough, she started receiving offers from varied political parties, but she denied them all. She chose to work for women empowerment.

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Shatrughan Sinha

Bollywood actor in politics
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An actor whose name is synonymous with the word 'Khamosh', Shatrughan Sinha has legendary roles to his credit. He joined the BJP in 1991 and contested his first election against his friend Rajesh Khanna. It was in 2009 that he achieved his first political victory by defeating Shekhar Suman. He became the Health and Family Minister under Atal Bihar Vajpayee.     

Smriti Irani

Bollywood actors in politics

Smriti Irani, a household name since her Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi days, joined BJP in 2003 and became the vice-president of its Youth Wing in Maharashtra within a year. She is now the Union Textiles Minister who holds additional charge of Minister of Information and Broadcasting.     

Vinod Khanna

Bollywood actor in politics
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Vinod Khanna was the union minister of culture and tourism in BJP. He was also an active politician and was the MP from the Gurdaspur constituency between 1998–2009 and 2014–2017. He passed away on April 27, 2017.   

Jaya Bachchan

Bollywood actor in politics
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Popular for her role in films Guddi and Chupke Chupke, Jaya Bachchan joined the Samajwadi Party in 2004 and was nominated for the Rajya Sabha seat in the same year. The party re-nominated her to Rajya Sabha in 2012. 

Rajesh Khanna

Bollywood actor in politics
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Regarded as the first superstar of Bollywood, Rajesh Khanna served as the member of Parliament from 1992 to 1996. Failing to get any film assignment during that tenure as MP, he quit the Parliament but continued serving the party till his death in 2012.    

J Jayalalithaa

Bollywood actor in politics
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This Filmfare winning actress joined politics under the guidance of MG Ramachandran. Popularly known as Amma, she served as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu thrice in her lifetime She passed away on December 5, 2016.

Dharmendra

Bollywood actor in politics
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He started his career as a BJP MP from Bikaner Lok Sabha constituency in Rajasthan. 

Rekha Ganesan

Bollywood actor in politics

She has been in politics since 2012. She started her political career when she was nominated to Rajya Sabha along with Sachin Tendulkar. Like Tendulkar, Rekha hasn't participated in any debate during her five-year tenure in Rajya Sabha.  

Jaya Prada

Bollywood actors in politics
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Jaya Prada has not only acted in Hindi but in Marathi, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam movies as well. She entered politics as Telegu Desam Party member in 1994. She was nominated to Rajya Sabha in 1996. However, following differences with Chandrababu Naidu, she joined the Samajwadi Party. She was expelled in 2010 for indulging in anti-party activities and is now a part of a party with Amar Singh.

Angoorlata Deka

Angoorlata Deka
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Angoorlata Deka is an Assamese-actress-turned politician who joined BJP in December 2014. She defeated Congress candidate Gautam Bora from Batadroba constituency, a minority dominated seat, by a margin of close to 6,000 votes in May last year.

Gul Panag

Gul Panag
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Miss India (1999) title winner Gul Panag is a social activist and a part of Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party. Contesting from Chandigarh in 2014 general elections, she lost to Kirron Kher.

Chiranjeevi

Actors turned politicians
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In 2008, Chiranjeevi started his own political party, Praja Rajyam in Andhra Pradesh. He was later elected as the member of the state assembly from Tirupati. His huge fan-following helped him with a successful political career.