Abhineta se Neta! These actors plunged into the world of politics

Updated: 23 June, 2020 12:57 IST
  • Raj Babbar

    Raj Babbar: The acclaimed Hindi film industry actor entered politics in 1989. He joined Janata Dal, which was led by V. P. Singh at that time, and eventually joined Samajwadi Party. Babbar was thrice elected as the Member of Parliament. He served as a member of Rajya Sabha from 1994 to 1999. He got re-elected to the post in the 14th Lok Sabha elections in 2004. He joined the Indian National Congress in 2008. He was the President of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee and resigned in 2018.

  • Sunny Deol

    Sunny Deol: He joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party in 2019 and won the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections from Gurdaspur constituency.

  • Nusrat Jahan

    Nusrat Jahan: The actress who predominantly works in Bengali cinema is Trinamool Congress MP. Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee is like a motherly guardian in Nusrat's life.

  • Mimi Chakraborty

    Mimi Chakraborty: The Bengali actress joined politics in 2019, by contesting from Jadavpur Loksabha Constituency in 2019 Indian general election as a Trinamool Congress candidate. Mimi is now a Member of Parliament in the 17th Lok Sabha from Jadavpur constituency.

  • Smriti Irani

    Smriti Irani: The 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi' actress entered politics in 2003 by joining Bharatiya Janata Party. In 2016, in a cabinet reshuffle, Smriti Irani was moved to the Ministry of Textiles from MHRD. In 2017, she was handed the additional charge of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (India) when Former Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu resigned from the Ministry to take part in Vice-Presidential Elections. Smriti is the first woman to hold office as the Union Minister for Human Resource Development and Union Minister of Textiles and is also the youngest woman to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha.

  • Nagma

    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 2014, while campaigning for Congress in the Jali Kothi area, Meerut, Nagma slapped a fellow Congress supporter for getting too close and groping her.

  • Sunil Dutt

    Sunil Dutt: The late actor, best remembered for his roles in films such as Hamraaz, Reshma Aur Shera, Gumraah, Mera Saaya, Mother India, Waqt, Padosan and Sadhna, last starred in the 2003 comedy Munna Bhai MBBS, where he essayed a father-son relationship on screen with son Sanjay. Sunil Dutt had a successful political career. He joined the Congress party in 1984 and remained a Member of Parliament for five terms, until his death in 2005.

    In picture: In this photograph dated 06 May 2005, Chief Minister of India's capital state Delhi Shelia Dixit (R) is greeted by Indian Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Sunil Dutt as she arrives for a meeting at the Ministry of Sports in New Delhi.

  • Paresh Rawal

    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, then. He was a member of parliament in the Lok Sabha of the Indian Parliament representing the Ahmedabad East constituency from 2014 to 2019. He is politically affiliated with the Bharatiya Janata Party.

  • Shatrughan Sinha

    Shatrughan Sinha: He won the general elections from Bihar, contesting for BJP against Shekhar Suman, in a famous tussle in 2009. Apart from being a member of Lok Sabha (2009–2014, 2014–2019) and Rajya Sabha twice, the veteran actor was Union Cabinet Minister of Health and Family Welfare (January 2003 – May 2004) and Shipping (August 2004) in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. He was elected to 15th Lok Sabha in 2009. In 2019, Sinha became a member of the Indian National Congress.

  • Jaya Prada

    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. In March 2019, Jaya Prada joined the Bhartiya Janta Party and announced that she is contesting from Rampur Lok Sabha seat.

  • Hema Malini

    Hema Malini: Hindi cinema's dream girl joined the BJP in 1999. In 1999, she campaigned for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate and veteran actor late Vinod Khanna, in the Lok Sabha Elections in Gurdaspur, Punjab. In February 2004, Malini officially joined the BJP. Hema Malini served as an MP to the upper house – the Rajya Sabha from 2003 to 2009, having been nominated by the then President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. In 2010, Hema Malini was made the general secretary of the BJP. Hema Malini is currently BJP MP from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. Calling her Mathura constituency as the 'nagri' of Krishna, Hema Malini loves working for the 'Brijwasi' people.

  • Kamal Haasan

    Kamal Haasan: The megastar joined politics in 2018 by forming the Centrism party Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), a regional political party in Tamil Nadu.

  • Vinod Khanna

    Vinod Khanna: The late superstar joined the BJP in the late '90s 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. He chose Punjab to make his political debut in 1997 when he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He fought and won from Gurdaspur in Punjab - a seat that he lost only once in 2009 but won again in the 2014 general elections. In 2002, Atal Bihari Vajpayee made Vinod Khanna his Culture and Tourism minister. He was later given the External Affairs portfolio.

  • Rajesh Khanna

    Rajesh Khanna: The late Kaka was a Congress MP from 1991 to 1996 from New Delhi constituency. He dabbled in politics, being Congress MP from the New Delhi constituency from 1991-1996. When Rajesh Khanna was a member of Parliament for the Indian National Congress he did not take up any film project, however, acted in the film Khudai (1994). He passed away in 2012.

  • Jayalalithaa

    Jayalalithaa: The late actress 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.

  • Roopa Ganguly

    Roopa Ganguly: She played Draupadi, wife of the Pandavas, also called as Panchali and Yagyaseni in the epic mythological show Mahabharat in the 90s. And in fact, she rose to fame after it. In 2015, Ganguly joined Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of 2016 West Bengal Legislative Assembly election. She, however, lost from Howrah North to Trinamool Congress counterpart and cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla. In 2016, Roopa Ganguly was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in place of cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu, who resigned earlier. She is now a BJP MP.

  • Nafisa Ali

    Nafisa Ali: Veteran actress Nafisa Ali known for her role in Junoon opposite Shashi Kapoor and in Major Saab opposite Amitabh Bachchan was a Miss India participant back in the 70s. She dabbled into politics and contested the 2004 Lok Sabha elections unsuccessfully from South Kolkata. In 2009, she contested the Lok Sabha election from Lucknow on a Samajwadi Party ticket. Ali is currently a member of the Congress party.

  • Kirron Kher

    Kirron Kher: Kirron Kher joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2009. She is now a Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Chandigarh constituency. But Kirron doesn't like to be called a politician.

  • Dharmendra

    Dharmendra: The He-Man of Indian cinema was elected as a Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Bikaner in Rajasthan following the 2004 general elections, but rarely attended Parliament.

  • Jaya Bachchan

    Jaya Bachchan: The veteran actress is a member of the Rajya Sabha and represents the Samajwadi Party. She was first elected in 2004 as the Member of Parliament from the Samajwadi Party, representing Uttar Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha till March 2006. Bachchan got a second term from June 2006 to July 2010. She was re-elected in 2012 for the third term and again in 2018 for her fourth term in the Rajya Sabha from Samajwadi Party.

  • Rekha

    Rekha: The diva was nominated to Rajya Sabha by the UPA government, as a reward for her wonderful contribution to Indian cinema.

  • Chiranjeevi

    Chiranjeevi: Born Konidala Siva Sankara Vara Prasad, the Telugu film legend founded his own party, Praja Rajyam in 2008, which was in 2011 merged with the Indian National Congress. In 2012, Chiranjeevi got elected and took oath as a Rajya Sabha member. He was sworn in as the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. He has been the MP of Rajya Sabha for Andhra Pradesh.

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On Raj Babbar's birthday on June 23, 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...

First Published: 23 June, 2017 15:07 IST