Bollywood talks politics

Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 7:20am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

They might not be contesting candidates, but that hasn't stopped these celebs from lending support to their favourite politicians

Bollywood is talking politics like never before. Many B-Town actors like Shatrughan Sinha, Vinod Khanna, Raj Babbar and Hema Malini aren't new to the world of politics, but this time around even those B-Towners who aren't contesting elections are airing their political views for everyone to hear. A war of words has followed now that celebs are taking a firm stand on who they want to support for this Lok Sabha elections.

Vivek Oberoi campaigned for his mother-in-law Nandini Alva, who is the Janata Dal (Secular) candidate from Bangalore Central. But that's not all. The actor also extended support to BJP candidate Arun Jaitley, who is a close family friend. BJP candidate Hema Malini's daughters Esha and Ahana with their husbands Bharat Takhtani and Vaibhav Arora respectively were in Mathura to support their mother. Similarly, Moon Moon Sen's daughters Riya and Raima joined the Trinamul Congress candidate to seek votes in Bankura.

The big B-Town divide happened when a bunch of people, Mahesh Bhatt, Nandita Das, Zoya Akhtar, Kabir Khan, Imtiaz Ali, Vijay Krishna Acharya, singer Shubha Mudgal and others, endorsed writer Anjum Rajabali's appeal to secularism. The appeal didn't go down well with celebs like Madhur Bhandarkar and Tusshar Kapoor, who were pretty vocal about their views. In fact, some artists including Madhur, Vivek Agnihotri, Ashok Pandit, and designer Vikram Phadnis spoke in support of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Though Kirron Kher is BJP candidate, her husband Anupam has said that she is not the reason for his supporting Narendra Modi. In a recent interview, he said that his vote goes to Modi because he can see in the politicians' speeches that he has a plan, from the point of administration and getting the nation together. Sridevi and husband Boney Kapoor campaigned for Amar Singh and urged voters to vote for him.

While Congress and BJP have their supporters, Aam Aadmi party too has found many followers in Bollywood. Singer Mika Singh donated Rs21 lakh to AAP. The singer was trolled by supporters of other parties. He tweeted saying: I'm a real Congress man! But I love @narendramodi ji! I'm a Punjabi so best friends with Badal sarkar!! Supporting AAP!! Am I wrong?

Raghu Ram, known for his angry ways on Roadies, has been campaigning for Gul Panag and other AAP candidates. Filmmaker Hansal Mehta too got on the street to speak for AAP. Vishal Dadlani, Ranvir Shorey and Renuka Shahane are among the other AAP admirers who have been tweeting constantly for the party. Renuka even tweeted saying: AAP is THE ONLY secular and NON CORRUPT party in India. If these are important issues to any voter, they should vote for AAP. Hansal Mehta, who had recently tweeted saying he chooses inexperience over evil, too sported his AAP topi to tell people whom he supported.

Salman Khan has extended his support to senior Congress leader and Mumbai North West candidate Gurudas Kamat. Salman has appealed to voters to support the politician, though Kamat's rival in the fray is Salman's good friend and actor-filmmaker Mahesh Manjarekar who is contesting on MNS ticket.

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