11 successful film stars who failed miserably as politicians

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Many celebrities have failed to convince the general public to vote in their favor on election day, and this is even though we live in a world where stars are worshipped.

Here is a list of Indian celebrity candidates who tried but were unsuccessful in their attempts to enter the political arena:

Dharmendra

NEW ELHI, INDIA - JUNE 27, 2007: Bollywood actor Dharmendra poses during a photoshoot, on June 27, 2007 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
NEW ELHI, INDIA - JUNE 27, 2007: Bollywood actor Dharmendra poses during a photoshoot, on June 27, 2007 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Dharmendra, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate in Bikaner, was roundly rebuked for making a disrespectful remark. He suggested that he should be declared Dictator perpetuo to instill in voters the “fundamental etiquettes required by democracy” during an election campaign.

Shabana Azmi

NEW DELHI, INDIA - AUGUST 9: Bollywood actor Shabana Azmi poses for a profile shoot on August 9, 2019 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Raajessh Kashyap/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
NEW DELHI, INDIA - AUGUST 9: Bollywood actor Shabana Azmi poses for a profile shoot on August 9, 2019 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Raajessh Kashyap/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Shabana Azmi was a member of India's Rajya Sabha from 1997 to 2003. She was a committed political activist, striving to protect children's protection, and combat AIDS and discrimination in the real world—a cause for which she has opted to remain independent of government.

Amitabh Bachchan

MUMBAI, INDIA - AUGUST 06: Amitabh Bachchan attends the announcement of  brand ambassador of Airtel Champions League Twenty20 by ESPN Star Sports on August 06, 2010 in Mumbai, India (Photo by Prodip Guha/Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - AUGUST 06: Amitabh Bachchan attends the announcement of brand ambassador of Airtel Champions League Twenty20 by ESPN Star Sports on August 06, 2010 in Mumbai, India (Photo by Prodip Guha/Getty Images)

A few people are aware of the fact that Amitabh Bachchan was interested in politics in the 1980s and was elected to the Lok Sabha from Allahabad due to his family's close connection to the Gandhi family but resigned after only three years because he disliked politics.

Urmila Matondkar

Former Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar speaks during a press conference after joining the right wing Shiv Sena political party, in Mumbai on December 1, 2020. (Photo by Sujit Jaiswal / AFP) (Photo by SUJIT JAISWAL/AFP via Getty Images)
Former Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar speaks during a press conference after joining the right wing Shiv Sena political party, in Mumbai on December 1, 2020. (Photo by Sujit Jaiswal / AFP) (Photo by SUJIT JAISWAL/AFP via Getty Images)

Urmila Matondkar, one of the 1980s and early 1990s' most popular heroines, joined the Indian National Congress party on 27 March 2021. However, she has been humiliated by the BJP's Gopal Shetty.

Govinda

NEW DELHI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 7: Bollywood actor Govinda during the promotion of his upcoming movie ‘Aa Gaya Hero’ at Shri Ram College of Commerce, on February 7, 2017 in New Delhi, India. The film is scheduled to release on March 3. The film is directed by Dipankar Senapati and produced by Govinda. It features Govinda and former Mrs. World Richa Sharma in the lead roles. (Photo by Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
NEW DELHI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 7: Bollywood actor Govinda during the promotion of his upcoming movie ‘Aa Gaya Hero’ at Shri Ram College of Commerce, on February 7, 2017 in New Delhi, India. The film is scheduled to release on March 3. The film is directed by Dipankar Senapati and produced by Govinda. It features Govinda and former Mrs. World Richa Sharma in the lead roles. (Photo by Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Govinda was one of the 1990s' top entertainers, and in 2004, he chose to take his celebrity to the next level by entering politics. In reality, he won a majority as well but failed to connect with the broad population as a candidate. Consequently, he declared his political retirement in 2009.

Sanjay Dutt

Indian Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt looks on during the trailer launch of the upcoming drama Hindi film 'Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3' in Mumbai on June 30, 2018. (Photo by Sujit Jaiswal / AFP)        (Photo credit should read SUJIT JAISWAL/AFP via Getty Images)
Indian Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt looks on during the trailer launch of the upcoming drama Hindi film 'Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3' in Mumbai on June 30, 2018. (Photo by Sujit Jaiswal / AFP) (Photo credit should read SUJIT JAISWAL/AFP via Getty Images)

Sanjay Dutt was selected as the Samajwadi Party's Lucknow seat candidate in 2009 but withdrew soon after owing to his inability to integrate into politics. He resigned in December 2010 after describing his participation in politics as a folly.

Rekha

Indian Bollywood actress Rekha poses for a picture during the wedding reception party of actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in Mumbai late on December 1, 2018. (Photo by Sujit Jaiswal / AFP) (Photo by SUJIT JAISWAL/AFP via Getty Images)
Indian Bollywood actress Rekha poses for a picture during the wedding reception party of actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in Mumbai late on December 1, 2018. (Photo by Sujit Jaiswal / AFP) (Photo by SUJIT JAISWAL/AFP via Getty Images)

Rekha has been a Rajya Sabha member since 2012 but has the lowest attendance rate of any of the 12 members elected. Additionally, she has never participated in any debates or discussions and her regular departure from the house caught the concern of several people.

Prakash Raj

Film actor, activist and politician Prakash Raj looks on during a protest against India's new citizenship law, in Hyderabad on January 20, 2020. (Photo by NOAH SEELAM / AFP) (Photo by NOAH SEELAM/AFP via Getty Images)
Film actor, activist and politician Prakash Raj looks on during a protest against India's new citizenship law, in Hyderabad on January 20, 2020. (Photo by NOAH SEELAM / AFP) (Photo by NOAH SEELAM/AFP via Getty Images)

Prakash Raj is India's most prominent actor, notably in the Bollywood, Tamil, and Telugu cinema industries. He campaigned as an independent candidate for the Bangalore Central Lok Sabha constituency in 2019. Still, he was defeated by a substantial margin, garnering just over 29,000 votes in the bargain.

Javed Jaffrey

NEW DELHI, INDIA - MAY 02: Actor Javed Jaffrey posing photograph during the National film awards Press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Photo by Naveen Jora/The India Today Group via Getty Images)
NEW DELHI, INDIA - MAY 02: Actor Javed Jaffrey posing photograph during the National film awards Press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Photo by Naveen Jora/The India Today Group via Getty Images)

In 2014, the Aam Aadmi Party nominated him to run for Governor of Lucknow and was soundly defeated in the election by Rajnath Singh. He has remained largely absent from political life since then.

Rakhi Sawant

Image by Yogen Shah
Image by Yogen Shah

This divisive personality founded her political party, which garnered only 15 votes throughout the election. She eventually left her political party and joined another.

Mahesh Manjrekar

PUNE, INDIA - DECEMBER 19: Bollywood actor and director Mahesh Manjrekar during an interview with HT, on December 19, 2018, in Pune India. (Photo by Sanket Wankhad/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PUNE, INDIA - DECEMBER 19: Bollywood actor and director Mahesh Manjrekar during an interview with HT, on December 19, 2018, in Pune India. (Photo by Sanket Wankhad/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

It was a disappointment for this brilliant entertainer and filmmaker when the results of the 2014 election in Mumbai, Maharashtra, for which he ran, were announced.

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