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Stars like Jaya Bachchan,Jaya Prada,Dharmendra,and Sanjay Dutt — the list of actors venturing into politics is endless.

Written by Preeti Srivastav |
July 23, 2009 3:47:53 am

Stars like Jaya Bachchan,Jaya Prada,Dharmendra,and Sanjay Dutt — the list of actors venturing into politics is endless. But a reverse trend,in which politicians are seen experiencing the glitz and glamour of tinsel town,is what is making news. While actors were roped in to get more votes by cashing in on their popularity,politicians are taken into movie to giver a realistic touch to the film.

After Lalu Prasad Yadav broke the ice by featuring in the film- Padamshree Lalu Prasad Yadav,Arjun Munda,former chief minister of Jharkhand expressed his desire of working in a film and now former President APJ Abdul Kalam will be seen playing himself in Main Hoon Kalam. Is it only about following the trend and strengthening the ties between the film industry and politics,or it is about having an opportunity to fulfill their secret desire. Answers came from our own political leaders,who not only see acting as a challenge but also as a tool to reach out to people.

Talking about the trend and his take on it,Ranjit Shirole of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena,says,“While many actors have taken up politics and have been successful,the reverse is not very common. I run a production house,I have produced films,so I have a fair ideas of the nitty-gritty of the profession and I don’t mind taking it up. Politics and films are equally dear to me. Given a choice,I might shy away from camera but would love to do some theatre. Though I would happily take up any acting assignment as a challenge and I am also sure of giving good performance.”

Sounding like a true professional from film industry,Shirole also says that choice of cast would depend on the subject and the budget of the film that he would act in.

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Abhay Chhajed of Congress,says,“Acting is not my cup of tea,however,I don’t mind a small role,where I can play myself or a character that is near to me. I will not use the medium for political mileage,but would also like to mar my image by playing anything that doesn’t suit me.”

While a few did not mind taking up acting for a change,it seems,Anil Shirole of Bhartiya Janata Party belonged to another school of thoughts. “I like watching films,but would never like to act in one. That doesn’t mean I am orthodox or against the profession. It is like any other profession to me and I would not mind if my family members would go for acting. But I know my limits and would like to stick to that and continue with my job that is representing people.”

R V Krishnan,president,Professional Party of India,says,“Anybody is free to follow their heart and do what they like. But it should be kept in mind that governing a developing economy is a serious business and unless one is able to get that same seriousness in anything they do,they should not do it publicly.”

Giving examples and explaining the idea,he says,“We have example in our country like- N T Rama Rao,who were a serious actor and also a good politician. For myself,unless I am ready to think seriously about it I would not do it for fun sake.”

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