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Bollywood celebs step out to vote

On election day, Bollywood stars set an example for Mumbaikars by turning up in full force at the polling booth, putting everything else aside. We take a look at the celebs who got inked

Shah Rukh Khan with wife, Gauri coming out of a polling station in Bandra after having cast their vote
Shah Rukh Khan with wife, Gauri coming out of a polling station in Bandra after having cast their vote

Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra after casting her vote in the Maharashtra Assembly elections at Children Welfare Society, Versova. Pic/ Rane Ashish

Deepika Padukone at her graceful best
Deepika Padukone at her graceful best

Ranbir Kapoor flashing his index finger after exercising his franchise
Ranbir Kapoor flashing his index finger after exercising his franchise

Kiran Rao cast her vote in  St. Annes School
Kiran Rao cast her vote in St. Annes School

Abhishek Bachchan sticks up his inked finger as mom, Jaya Bachchan, takes a close look at it
Abhishek Bachchan sticks up his inked finger as mom, Jaya Bachchan, takes a close look at it 

Hema Malini (right) with daughter Esha after exercising their franchise
Hema Malini (right) with daughter Esha after exercising their franchise

Arjun Kapoor
Arjun Kapoor

Zareen Khan
Zareen Khan

Vatsal Seth
Vatsal Seth

Rishi Kapoor arrived at the poll sporting a cap and sunglasses
Rishi Kapoor arrived at the poll sporting a cap and sunglasses

Arbaaz Khan
Arbaaz Khan

Anushka Manchanda
Anushka Manchanda

Bhagyashree
Bhagyashree

Sonali Bendre (left) and Goldie Behl making their ‘marks’ felt
Sonali Bendre (left) and Goldie Behl making their ‘marks’ felt

Prem Chopra
Prem Chopra

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

Sangeeta (left) and Shankar Mahadevan
Sangeeta (left) and Shankar Mahadevan

Gulzar (left) with daughter Meghna
Gulzar (left) with daughter Meghna

(L-R) Salim Khan, Waheeda Rehman and Salma Khan come out of a polling station after casting their vote
(L-R) Salim Khan, Waheeda Rehman and Salma Khan come out of a polling station after casting their vote 

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THEY were conspicuous by their absence during election campaigns but when it came to keeping up with the spirit of democracy, they pushed all the right buttons. Film stars turned up in full force at polling stations across the city to get inked and urged their fans to vote for change.

Anushka Sharma (right) tweeted a picture of hers with her parents after casting her vote
Anushka Sharma (right) tweeted a picture of hers with her parents after casting her vote

While stars like Salman Khan and Abhishek Bachchan took to social media to spread awareness on voting rights, some others pushed their professional commitments to the background and came out to exercise their franchise.

“For the last few years, Bollywood stars have been actively participating in the voting process. Compared to the Lok Sabha elections in April this year, their turnout for the Assembly elections has been far better. In the previous case, many of them were out of the country for an awards show,” said an industry insider.

Anushka Sharma, who was reportedly shooting out of town for NH 10, had tweeted on the eve of elections, saying, “Flying back to Mumbai to vote. Lets make it count (sic)." And true to her words, the actress, along with her family members, cast her vote on Wednesday.

TV producers ensured that their unit members cast their votes by starting work only by late afternoon.
— Gaurav Dubey

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