12 Bollywood actors who tried their luck at politics

Gayatri Vinayak

While Rajinikanth tweeted his support for the PM’s ‘Swacchata Hi Seva’ campaign, adding to the speculation that he might be BJP’s hope for the Chief Ministerial position in Tamil Nadu, his counterpart, actor Kamal Hassan has also confirmed his political ambitions by saying that he wants to be the ‘Chief Minister of the people’.

With the kind of mass following and adulation they receive, it becomes quite easy for celebrities and actors to make the switch from cinema to politics. While the film industries of the south have been the breeding grounds of many successful politicians – from M.G Ramachandran and NT Rama Rao to M Karunanidhi, J Jayalalitha and Chiranjeevi, the Hindi film industry has also seen quite a few actors jumping on the political bandwagon – some successful, others not.

We take a look at Bollywood actors who took the plunge into politics.

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