Top 10 Celebrities Who Became Politicians

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10. Late Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran or MGR

 

Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran

 

Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran (MGR) was a successful actor, director and producer. MGR joined politics as a member of DMK and later formed his own party called the ADMK. He was by far the most successful celebrity transition into the world of politics. With three successful terms as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, MGR was honoured with the Bharat Ratna (posthumously) in 1988 and is still revered as an astute politician; one who remained in office till his death. Mani Ratnam’s blockbuster Tamil film ‘Iruvar’ is said to be based partly on the life of MGR.

 

 

9. Jayalalithaa Jayaram

 

Jayalalithaa Jayaram

 

Jayalalithaa Jayaram is the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and the General Secretary of AIADMK. She was a superstar actress in South Indian films before entering politics. Touted as among one of the most prolific and powerful ladies in Indian politics, J Jayalalithaa remains a favorite of the masses in Tamil Nadu and the most powerful of all Indian celebrities who became politicians.

 

 

8. Jaya Prada

 

Jaya Prada

 

Jaya Prada is a first entered politics as a member of Telugu Desam Party in 1994. But when the reigns of the party fell in the hands of Chandrababu Naidu, she eventually left it citing differences with him and joined the Samajwadi Party. That was a transition from South to North. She succeeded in gaining a foothold in Uttar Pradesh despite not from the state or a Hindi-speaking background. However, in 2010 following controversy relating to her motives within the party. She is a actress who worked in Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali and Marathi films.

 

 

7. Chiranjeevi

 

Chiranjeevi

 

The actors in South Indian films enjoy a demi-God status among their fans. Chiranjeevi is almost a norm for any superstar of South cinema to take the political plunge. One of the most popular actors of the Telugu cinema, Chiranjeevi, too is one of them. He has to his list of achievements the National Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration as a co-producer and the third highest civilian award Padma Bhushan. He entered politics in 2008 and formed the Praja Rajyam Party which is currently the third largest party in the State Assembly after the 2009 Andhra Pradesh Elections.

 

 

6. Late Vinod Khanna

 

vinod khanna

 

Late Vinod Khanna was the most popular actors in the 1970’s with an ardent female fan following, Vinod Khanna entered politics in 1997 when he joined Bharatiya Janata Party. Having been elected from the Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab in 1999, he was the Union Minister for culture and tourism and later ministry of external affairs (MEA) as minister of state too. He won in 2004 re-election as well from the same constituency but lost out in the year 2009. A rare case of success among Indian celebrities who became politicians.

 

 

5. Jaya Bachchan

 

jaya Bachchan

 

Jaya Bachchan is one of the most versatile actresses of the Indian cinema and among the most talented ones of her time, Jaya Bachchan has been quite active in the Indian political scenario as well. Married to the superstar Amitabh Bachchan, she has also been awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India. Jaya Bachchan was elected as a Member of Raja Sabha from the Samajwadi Party.

 

 

4. Govinda

 

govinda

 

Govinda is one of the most flourishing actors in comedy genre in India in the 1990s. In 2000, he suffered a string of box office misses. He then entered politics as a member of Indian National Congress. He was an MP from the Mumbai North Constituency from 2004 to 2009. He was known to have won the seat by a whooping majority but his work has been tagged as abysmal when compared to the promises and announcements he had made during his tenure. Govinda was criticized for his inaccessibility to the people of his electorate especially during the 2005 floods in Mumbai. Following his first term in the Parliament, Govinda chose to not contest elections again in 2009 and went back to movies.

 

 

3. Shabana Azmi

 

Shabana Azmi

 

Shabana Azmi has entertained audiences over decades with her powerful performances. A 5 time winner of National Film Award for Best Actress, she is also known for her social activism. She has worked for a variety of causes like child survival, AIDS, betterment of slum dwellers, displaced Kashmiri Pandits and more. She was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 1997 for her panoramic philanthropic work over a span of many years and is an active part of it too.

 

 

2. Dharmendra

 

Dharmendra

 

The soft-hearted Jat who made waves in the Hindi film industry long before it was known as Bollywood, Dharmendra was the man who won over the ‘Dream Girl’ of Indian cinema. Call him The Living Legend from Punjab, the son of the soil, the original Action Hero or the Veeru of ‘Sholay’, Dharmendra is not only a highly successful actor of his time but a popular politician as well. He was a Member of Parliament from the Bikaner constituency in Rajasthan from the Bharatiya Janata Party. Dharmendra is one of the most well known Indian celebrities who became politicians.

 

 

1. Shatrughan Sinha

 

Shatrughan Sinha

 

Shatrughan Sinha one of the most eccentric actors of Hindi film industry, his name is synonymous with the word ‘Khamosh’ or the nickname ‘Shotgun’. Shatrughan Sinha debuted with a small role in Dev Anand’s ‘Prem Pujari’ and gradually moved up the ladder of success. His entry in politics was marked by defeating actor Shekhar Suman in Bihar’s Patna Sahib Constituency. Shatrughan 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 having been re-elected in 2009.

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