Saturday, March 28, 2009

Star power for politicians

  • What's the difference between filmstars and politicians? Well, filmstars act for a living and politicians live to act! What is common between them? Both thrive on dramatic situations.
Drama is an essential part of any election. That is the reason why both these characters come out in full form during elections. Politicians seek filmstars and filmstars seek politicians out. There is another reason why politicians seek out stars. With the stars come free publicity. A ratings and story-hungry media is always looking for creating new "masalas" for voters hooked to boob TV (which incidentally has gone flat now). And as is the rule today, there is nothing like good and bad publicity. All publicity is simbly great! It's lights, camera, action!

As for the stars they are morphing into politicians in many cases, as we are witnessing.

So who all are in the race so far?
With the Samajwadi Party are: Amitabh Bachchan, Abisheikh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jaya Bachao, Sanjay Dutt, Jaya Pradam, Dev Anand and Amar Singh.
With the BJP are: Vinod Khanna, Shatrughan Sinha, Hema Malini.
With the Congress are: Sharukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Priety Zonta, Nagma, Govinda, Vyjantimala, Dilip Kumar.

Of course this pertains to Bollywood. Tollywood is a different story altogother. The Tamil stars in keeping with the tradition of MGR, prefer to float their own parties and muddy the political arena for seasoned players. So this time there are three parties led by stars with the DMDK led by Vijaykanth, geared to create a significant dent in the results. In Andhra, superstar Chiranjeevi has floated Praja Rajyam which is giving stomach ache to the others.

Wonder when we will start seeing more politicians in movies? In the picture above Amar Singh is seen with Jaya Prada apparently on the sets of a new Telugu movie.

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