Bollywood heartthrob Dharmendra was active in politics. He was elected as a Member of the Parliament in the 2004 general elections, from Bikaner in Rajasthan, on a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket. During his election campaign, he remarked that he should be elected Dictator perpetuo to teach 'basic etiquette that democracy requires'. He receievd backlash for it. Dharmendra rarely attended Parliament when the house was in session, preferring to spend the time shooting for movies. Pic/AFP
One of the most influential leaders Jayalalithaa served five terms as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for over fourteen years between 1991 and 2016. From 1989 she was the general secretary of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). Jayalalithaa started her career as child actress and went on to do Kannada, Tamil and Bollywood movies but her influence grew after she became a politician.
Hema Malini, the dream girl of Bollywood joined the BJP in 2004, was also the general secretary of the party. From 2003 to 2009, Malini was elected to the Rajya Sabha, the upper House of parliament, as a representative of the Bharatiya Janata Party. In the 2014 general elections for the Lok Sabha, Malini defeated the Mathura incumbent, Jayant Chaudhary (RLD) by 3,30,743 votes
As an actress, Jaya Bachchan won eight Filmfare Awards including three for Best Actress and three for Best Supporting Actress. Bachchan was first elected in 2004 as a Samajwadi Party member of parliament, representing Rajya Sabha, and in February 2010 she stated her intent to complete her term.She was re-elected in 2012.
Smriti Irani started her career with beauty pageant where she was the finalist. However, she became more popular with the TV show 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi bahu Thi' where she played the protagonist Tulsi. Irani joined BJP in 2003 and is now a Member of Parliament, being nominated to the Rajya Sabha from the state of Gujarat. She is the current Minister of Textiles in the Government of India.
Babul Supriyo was initially a playback singer and actor. Currently he is a Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, in the Government of India. He made a career as singer in Hindi cinema, and contributed to more than 70 films. He has also done playback singing in other Indian films including Bengali and Odia.
Kirron Anupam Kher is a member of the Bhartiya Janata Party. In May 2014, she was elected to the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Indian Parliament from Chandigarh.
Shatrughan Sinha left Bollywood and entered into the world of politics. BJP's Sinha entered politics by defeating actor and Congress nominee Shekhar Suman in Bihar's Patna Sahib constituency. Sinha was the cabinet Minister for the department of Health and Family and subsequently the department of shipping for the 13th Lok Sabha. He was also the head of Bharatiya Janata Party's Culture and Arts Department. He is currently a Member of Parliament.
Raj Babbar is a Hindi and Punjabi film actor and politician belonging to Indian National Congress. He has been a three-time member of the Lok Sabha and a two-time member of the Upper House of the Indian Parliament. He is the current President of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee. Babbar, in the capacity of Congress spokesman, created controversy in 2013, by stating that Rs.12 is sufficient to get a full meal for common man in Mumbai, which drew severe criticism
Konidela Siva Sankara Vara Prasad better known by as Chiranjeevi is a member of the Indian National Congress. In 2008, Chiranjeevi started Praja Rajyam, a political party in the state of Andhra Pradesh. On 6 February 2011, Chiranjeevi merged the 30-month-old Praja Rajyam Party with the Indian National Congress. He was the Minister of State with independent charge for the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.
Jaya Prada has starred in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali and Marathi films. She joined Telugu Desam Party in 1994 before shifting loyalties to Samajwadi Party a few years later. She had joined Rashtriya Lok Dal in March 2014 and then got the ticket to contest from Bijnor seat in 2014 general elections.
Paresh Rawal is not only an acclaimed figure in Bollywood but is also a national award winner for his films. He has done films. He boasts a number of commercially hit films and critically acclaimed ones in his kitty. As far politics is concerened, Rawal won as the Bharatiya Janata Party's Member of Parliament (MP) from Ahmedabad East in the Indian general election, 2014.
One of the finest actors of all time Sunil Dutt aka Balraj Dutt plunged into politics with Indian National Congress. In 1984 he joined the Indian National Congress party and was elected to Parliament of India for five terms from the constituency of Mumbai North West. He was the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports in the Manmohan Singh government (2004âÂÂÂÂÂÂ2005). His daughter Priya Dutt is a former Member of Parliament.
Moon Moon Sen represents Bankura constituency in West Bengal. She is a Trinamool Congress MLA. Moon Moon Sen joined Trinamool Congress in March 2014 and won in 2014 Lok Sabha Polls from Bankura constituency, where she defeated CPI(M)'s nine-time MP, Basudeb Acharia
On Dharmendra's birthday, here are some people from the film industry who have or had behind to become public servants. Whether their political stint was successful or not is immaterial but these Bollywood actors dabbled with politics at some point in their lives