Paresh Rawal: The versatile Bollywood actor tasted victory on his maiden electoral foray, winning from Gujarat's Ahmedabad East for BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. He defeated Himmat Singh Patel from the Congress by a huge margin
Born Konidala Siva Sankara Vara Prasad, the Telugu film legend founded his own party, Praja Rajyam, which was later merged with the Indian National Congress
Smriti Irani: The 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi' actress is said to have given Gandhi scion, Rahul Gandhi, a tough fight for the Amethi seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. At one point, he was said to be trailing her but he then bounced back to win the constituency, known to be a Congress bastion
Jaya Prada: She joined Telugu Desam Party in 1994 before shifting loyalties to Samajwadi Party a few years later. After she came out in support of Amar Singh, Jaya Prada was expelled from the party for allegedly indulging in anti-party activities. She had joined Rashtriya Lok Dal in March 2014 and then got the ticket to contest from Bijnor seat in 2014 general elections.
Shatrughan Sinha: He won the general elections from Bihar, contesting for BJP against Shekhar Suman, in a famous tussle in 2009. Sinha remains a member of the party
Dharmendra: The He-Man of Indian cinema was elected as a BJP MP from Bikaner in Rajasthan following the 2004 general elections, but rarely attended Parliament
Rekha: The diva was nominated to Rajya Sabha by the UPA government, as a reward for her wonderful contribution to Indian cinema
Amitabh Bachchan: Big B had a controversial stint as politician during the 80's. He resigned after a newspaper alleged he was involved in Bofors. His name was later cleared
Hema Malini: Hindi cinema's dreamgirl joined the BJP in 2004, was also the general secretary of the party
Jaya Bachchan: She is a member of the Rajya Sabha and represents Samajwadi Party
Nagma: She joined the Indian National Congress in 2004 driven by the party's commitment toward secularism and welfare of the poor and weaker sections. The actress, who made a dream Bollywood debut in 'Baaghi' opposite Salman Khan, was earlier being wooed by the Bharatiya Janata Party, which had even indicated that she might be fielded from Hyderabad. In the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, Nagma fought against BJP candidate Rajendra Agarwal, BSP's Mohd. Shahid Akhlak, SPA's Shahid Manzoor and AAP's Himanshu Singh in Meerut, but lost
Rajesh Khanna: The late Kaka was a Congress MP from 1991 to 1996 from New Delhi constituency. He passed away in 2012
Vinod Khanna: The yesteryear superstar joined the BJP in the late 90's and went on to hold portfolios like union minister for culture and tourism ministry of external affairs (MEA) as minister of state. He passed away in 2017
Jayalalithaa was the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. She was the general secretary of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). Before joining politics, she was a film actress and has acted in several south movies such as 'Chinnada Gombe', 'Vennira Aadai'. She acted in one Hindi film called 'Izzat', with Dharmendra as her co-star. Jayalalithaa was the first heroine to appear in skirts in Tamil films. She passed away in 2016
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On Raj Babbar's birthday, we take a look at actors who decided to take the plunge into the world of politics. Here are some of the prominent actors-turned-politicians...