Which political party is Bollywood siding with?

May 16, 2014, 08:09 IST | Asira Tarannum

On election results day, we look at likely and unlikely corners of support within the film industry for different political parties and who is Bollywood expecting to win today

With the election results being announced today, it is interesting to note what tinsel town has to say about Lok Sabha polls this year. While some stars such as Hema Malini, Vinod Khanna and Raj Babbar have contested elections, some others have openly supported political parties.

Writer Salim Khan launched a website on Narendra Modi in Urdu at his Bandra residence.
Writer Salim Khan launched a website on Narendra Modi in Urdu at his Bandra residence. Pic/Suresh KK

Cases in point include Salman Khan who had recently supported Narendra Modi and Aamir Khan, who is known to have supported the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Gul Panag contested elections from Chandigarh as an Aam Adami Party candidate.
Gul Panag contested elections from Chandigarh as an Aam Adami Party candidate. Pic/PTI

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Actor Vivek Oberoi, who is supporting Narendra Modi, says, “It’s obvious that NaMo will win. We need a government that thinks about progress and development and shuts all paths that lead to corruption.

Vivek Oberoi
Actor Vivek Oberoi is openly supporting Narendra Modi, as he believes that the latter has the will to work for the nation and provide growth and stability to the people. 

India needs a political leader who has the will to work for the nation, and provide growth and stability to its people. I have interacted with him and have been campaigning for him all over and I don’t think he is a communal person.”

Filmmaker Hansal Mehta, who recently won the National Award for the film, Shahid, openly supports AAP. He says, “I do not support a political party, rather I support a movement that has risen out of frustration. It’s a new voice and it’s not an ideology yet. So far, our country has only seen two centres of power but now it’s time for a third voice.”

Filmmaker Hansal Mehta

When asked about who he thinks will win, Mehta says that the polls are dictated by the selective majority. “If more people have voted for someone, then as a citizen of the country, I will respect that mandate. I just hope that the doubts I had while opposing Mr Modi are unfounded. I don’t want to live in fear of his supposedly communal tendencies.”

Producer-director Mahesh Bhatt points out that he has always taken an anti-right wing stand and he will continue to do so, irrespective of who comes to power. “Never mind the exit polls. They won’t affect my political leanings that are known to the world.

Mahesh Bhatt

I have been very consistent about the same because I vehemently oppose anything that goes against the plurality of India. So yes, I support Gandhian ideology,” he says.

Actress Tejaswini Kolhapure vouches for the power of AAP. “I am hoping that the Aam Aadmi Party is voted to the centre.

Tejaswini Kolhapure

I personally feel that like last time, it will be a coalition rule and not a single party majority as predicted by exit polls. I think that our country wants a change now; we need to prosper,” she says.

Director Vivek Agnihotri says, “My real concern is that I want to see a developed and powerful India. Rahul Gandhi is not a promising candidate, as he doesn’t have a successful track record.

Vivek Agnihotri

On the other hand, Modi had a track record to show, so I decided to support him. We must keep in mind our priority, which is empowering people. Seventy five percent of our population doesn’t have basic rights. We need to think about those people.”

Online furore

Vishal Dadlani, singer and musician
Vishal Dadlani

In the virtual world, many celebs have been voicing their opinion on the LS polls: I don’t know what some are reading into my tweets, but in my mind, there is no doubt about #AAPwinningKashi. It’s locked, done, sealed!

Shirish Kunder, filmmaker
Shirish Kunder

Rahul has proved that he’s a man of principle. He only eats poor people’s food.

Madhur Bhandarkar, filmmaker
Madhur Bhandarkar

Launching a personal attack on a man who has done more for his state than any other leader, reeks of conspiracy and unwarranted paranoia. Let’s hope better sense prevails and our film industry elects Narendra Modi with a thumping majority. It’s time India got a visionary leader.

Raveena Tandon, actress
Raveena Tandon

Am ready to give the Modi govt a chance but as long as they rid themselves of the Togadia types, don’t stand by the Mandir thing either...

Nandita Das, actress
Nandita Das

The venomous reaction to the appeal for secular space is saddening. Why can’t we engage in more civil ways to express our disagreements?

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