A close look at celeb voters, their selfies, the dilemmas of stars whose names were missing from the electoral rolls and the indifference of those who decided to not vote
Even the city went to polls yesterday, Bollywood’s turnout at the polling booth was a mixed bag. While some made it a point to exercise their right in the world’s largest democracy and even posted selfies in keeping with the latest
fad, some others appeared upset over their names missing from the voters’ list. And then there were some who pleaded others to vote but didn’t turn up on D-day. We give you the lowdown…
Vivek Oberoi recently reached out to his fans on a social networking site, where he appealed to them to cast their votes. In fact, he also showed his support to Bhartiya Janta Party’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi; never mind that he then went on to campaign for his mother-in-law, Nadini Alva – who represents Janata Dal Secular — in Bangalore. What’s more, he chose to attend an awards gala in US; thus skipping his date with the voting booth.
Anushka Sharma urged her followers on Twitter to go and vote. However, she also admitted that she wasn’t doing so due to her shooting schedule. Her tweet read: “I urge everyone to cast your vote today. Every vote counts and matters! Take the responsibility towards a better tomorrow. I am shooting in Rajasthan so wouldn’t be able to vote. But everyone who can, please do. And post pictures typing -#ivotedyo. It’ll be fun, come on.”
A posse of stars such as Sonakshi Sinha, Hrithik Roshan, Anil Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Bipasha Basu, Deepika Padukone and Madhuri Dixit, among many others, have flown to the US to take part in the IFFA awards that are taking place this weekend.
Debutant actor Tiger Shroff was going to cast his vote for the first time and it seems that he had done all the registration formalities too. But when he went to cast his vote at a polling booth in Bandra, he was told that his name is missing from the list. The actor then went to another booth to look for his name to no avail. “This time around, he carried all his documents but it didn’t help as his name was not on the list,” says a source.
Since the last five elections, theatre and film actor, Atul Kulkarni, has been voting at the same address, but this time around, his name was missing from the voter’s list. His tweet read: “Could not vote for the first time in 30 years. :-( No doubt EC does a humongous job of carrying out elections in such a huge countr,y but names missing after voting for five elections is criminal.”
Ashish Chowdhry too vented his anger on a social networking site. “This is unreal. I am shocked. My name is not to be found in any polling station, nor are my dad or mum’s names. I couldn’t find our names in Bandra where I stay now, or in Cuffe Parade where we lived earlier,” was his post on Twitter.
Filmmaker Nikhil Advani was also upset about not being able to vote. “My name not in any list which is odd considering I voted the last time from the same centre,” was his tweet.
Sadh says that he has made it a point to cast his vote in every election. This time too, he was excited to do his bit, but the actor couldn’t vote, as he had to undergo an emergency surgery on his injured leg a day before Election Day.