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    Bollywood's Election Dance

    Bollywood's Election Dance

    Bollywood and politics have always gone hand in hand. As the Lok Sabha elections edge closer, stars are getting ready to either campaigne for the various political parties, or stand for elections themselves. And then there are some stars who have not attached themselves to any party, but are trying to create an awareness in the general public to vote. Certain stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta are still non-commital about their party allegiance, even though they have been approached -- in this case, by the Congress. The Congress party has declared that SRK and Preity will campaign for Minister of State for Home Affairs Sriprakash Jaiswal, their candidate from Kanpur.
    Here's a look at the stars, who are doing their bit for the upcoming general elections.

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    John Abraham
    John is going all out to create awareness about the upcoming elections. He is the ambassador of the Ungali Utha Aur Vote Kar campaign, asking the youth to be a part of the change that they want to see in this country.
    John feels that India needs young and dynamic leaders, who will speak smartly and represent our country well internationally.

    Aamir Khan
    Aamir is also doing his bit to urge Indians to take a stand and vote in the elections. He is a part of a non-government organisation called Association for Democratic Reforms, which informs audiences about the politicians standing for elections, and asks voters to read up on them before casting their vote.

    This NGO has been started by IIM professors that Aamir met during the shooting of Three Idiots at the IIM Bangalore campus.

    Karan Johar
    Karan is making a music video under his Dharma Productions, asking the youth to vote. It will be directed by his Dostana director Tarun Mansukhani, and scripted by Niranjan Iyengar. The music is scored by Salim Merchant of Salim-Suleiman fame.

    The video will apparently feature the youth of Bollywood -- Kareena Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Farhan Akhtar, Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Ritesh Deshmukh, John Abraham, Bipasha Basu, Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapoor.

    Salman Khan
    Salman Khan has been campaigning for the Congress this election. He attended a Holi Milan function, organised by Congress candidate Anu Tandon, and asked people to vote in favour of Tandon. Salman sang songs from his film Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and No Entry, and also danced to Amitabh Bachchan's Holi songs.

    Sanjay Dutt
    Sanjay Dutt plunged into politics, and joined Amar Singh's Samajwadi Party. This created tension within his family, as his sister Priya Dutt is a Congress member of Parliament, like their late father, Sunil Dutt.

    Sanjay wanted to contest the elections from Lucknow this year but was barred from doing so by the Supreme Court, thanks to his conviction under the Arms Act in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case. He was sentenced to six years in prison. As per electoral laws, a person convicted for a criminal offence and sentenced to jail for more than two years is barred from running for elections.

    When the Samajwadi Party asked Dutt if his wife Manyata could contest elections in his place, he shot it down. Today, Dutt is the General Secretary of the Samajwadi Party.

    Nagma has been associated with the Congress since a while now. Now, there are talks that the actress may contest elections from the Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency. Govinda had been elected from this constituency earlier but the actor has no plans of contesting elections this time.

    Ravi Kissen
    Bhopuri superstar Ravi Kissen is keen on joining the Congress, and contesting elections from his native place Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh. But the final decision has not been taken yet. The actor may also contest elections from the Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency but Nagma holds a better chance here.

    Kissen claims that even if he does not get a ticket, he will campaign for the Congress, as he believes in their ideology.

    Manoj Tiwari
    Another Bhojpuri superstar Manoj Tiwari has been nominated by the Samajwadi Party to contest the elections from Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. Tiwari has filed his nomination papers, and will have Sanjay Dutt campaign for him.

    Hema Malini
    Hema Malini belongs to the Bhartiya Janta Party, and is a member of Parliament of the Rajya Sabha. BJP hoped that the gorgeous actress will contest elections in the coming elections but she turned it down. Instead, she will only campaign for the party.

    Raju Shrivastava
    Stand-up comedian Raju Shrivastava has been offered a ticket by the Congress as well as the Samajwadi Party. Shrivastava is apparently considering the first offer, and may contest from Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.

    Shekar Suman
    Shekar Suman may be poking fun at politicians in his talk shows but this elections, he will join them. The actor has joined the Congress and will contest elections from Patna Saheb constituency in Bihar. His rival is BJP candidate Shatrughan Sinha.

    Suman was offered a ticket last elections too but he declined the offer, as he wasn't ready then. After meeting with Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Suman has now come on board.

    Jaya Pradha

    Actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada is a Samajwadi Party member, who won the elections from Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, in 2004. She will contest the elections once again from the same constituency.

    Jaya Pradha had entered politics by joining the Telugu Desam Party (TDP). She was nominated into the Rajya Sabha but due to certain differences with TDP, she joined the Samajwadi Party.

    Shatrughan Sinha
    Even though Shatrughan Sinha joined BJP in 1980, this is the first time that he is contesting the Lok Sabha elections. He will stand from the Patna Saheb constituency in Bihar.

    Sinha has been a Rajya Sabha member for two terms. But his 12-year tenure was completed last year since the BJP failed to re-nominate him.

    The theme of Congress' election campaign are the villages -- India lives in its villages. And who better to capture that essence better than ace filmmaker Priyadarshan, who has directed films like Virasat, Billu and Malamaal Weekly in the villages of India. The Congress has, therefore, roped in Priyadarshan.

    The campaign -- titled Aam aadmi ke badte kadam, Har kadam par Bharat bulund -- features Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
    The video was shot in Mumbai, New Delhi and Tamil Nadu's Pollachi, the village where SRK's Billu was shot. Made in 13 languages, the short video focuses on the Right to Information Act, mid-day meal schemes, the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and the pan-India presence of the Congress party.


    If the Congress can rope in Priyadarshan's services to make their campaign attractive, BJP is not too far behind. Shaan has been roped in by the BJP to sing for its television campaign. The campaign has been woven around Congress' misrule and heralds BJP as the solution for a better tomorrow. It also projects BJP president L K Advani as a strong leader.

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