Bollywood and Politics are the two very influential fields. At times, the two fields appear inseparable. A person having the power to rule can draw the attention of masses. Similarly, a film actor can influence people in many ways.
Nothing appears more interesting when a successful actor enters politics and encashes his or her crowd-pulling abilities to win elections or get nominated to Rajya Sabha.
Nonetheless, an actor's entry into politics always makes headlines. Whether they succeed in politics is altogether a different matter.
If we look in past, most Indian film actors have had political leanings even if they were not full-time members of any political party.
WittyFeed brings you a list of 13 Indian film actors who joined politics.
Have a look.
Shabana Azmi is one of the best actresses of Bollywood. The actress who enacted the evergreen song, 'Tum Jo Itna Muskura Rahe ho' and performed in movies like 'Masoom' was nominated to Rajya Sabha in 1997. A known social activist, she got offers from many political parties but she refused. Besides acting, she continues to work as a social activist.
An actor whose name is synonymous with the word 'Khamosh', Shatrughan Sinha has given some legendary performances. He won Lok Sabha elections from Patna, Bihar and became the Health and Welfare Minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government. Though known for making controversial remarks, he headed the BJP's culture wing.
Smriti, who shot to fame with popular TV serial Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, joined BJP in 2003 and became the vice president of its Youth Wing in Maharashtra in 2004. From 2003, she hasn't looked back. Earlier, she was union human resource development minister. At present, she is union textiles minister who holds additional charge of minister of information and broadcasting.
Vinod Khanna joined politics in 1997 when he became a part of Bhartiya Janta Party. He was the union minister of culture and tourism. He is a rare case of success among the Indian celebs who joined politics. He died on April 27, 2017.
She joined Samajwadi Party, which nominated her as Rajya Sabha member in 2004. The party re-nominated her to Rajya Sabha in 2012. She was reluctant to be re-nominated in 2012 when former SP leader Amar Singh was suspended by SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.
He is regarded as the first superstar of Bollywood industry. He was Congress party MP from 1992 to 1996. He did not receive any offers to act in films during this tenure. After leaving Parliament, he continued to work for Congress party. He campaigned for Punjab assembly elections before his death in 2012.
I guess, her lucky number was 3. She won 3 Filmfare awards. She was thrice elected as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. She started her political career under the founder of AIADMK M G Ramachandran. She started her career at the age of 13 in 1961 and continued to work in films as the lead actress till 1980, according to rediff.com.
He started his career as a Member of Parliament from Bikaner Lok Sabha constituency in Rajasthan from Bharatiya Janata Party. He is one of the most well-known celebrities who indulged in politics.
Rekha can drive anyone crazy with her looks. She has been into politics since 2012. She started her career when she was nominated to Rajya Sabha along with Sachin Tendulkar. The actress has acted in more than 180 movies. Like Tendulkar, Rekha hasn't participated in any debate during her close to five-year tenure in Rajya Sabha.
Jaya Prada worked in Hindi, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam movies. She entered politics as Telegu Desam Party member in 1994. Then, she moved to Samajwadi Party. In 2010, she was expelled as the party questioned her certain decisions and motives.
Angoorlata Deka is an Assamese-actress-turned politician, 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.
Miss India (1999) title winner Gul Panag is a social activist and was the candidate of Aam Aadmi Party from Chandigarh for Indian general election, 2014. She came to the third position while Kirron Kher won by a majority.
Chiranjeevi started a political party in 2008, Praja Rajyam in Andhra Pradesh. Chiranjeevi was selected as a Member of the State Assembly from Tirupati. Chiranjeevi had a great political career ahead, and his party reached heights of success. His huge fan-following helped him to get a successful political career.