Mumbai, April 25 -- On April 24, Bollywood stars proved they weren't just urging others to vote, but stepped out themselves to exercise their franchise. Aamir Khan, Vidya Balan, Sonam Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and John Abraham were among the earliest voters.
Aamir, apparently, picked up his son Junaid, a first-time voter, on his way to the booth. His wife Kiran Rao was also with him. "Voting is an important process in democracy. It is my duty as an Indian to vote," the actor told the gathered media. Sonam says, "I was afraid my name wouldn't be on the list. But it was, and I voted at 7.30 am."
Suniel Shetty was one of the first to vote (at 7 am). He says, "There were lots of people; elderly people who could not walk; people limping, some being carried, but they'd all come to vote. It was an encouraging sight." Rahul Bose also cast his vote early, at 7.13 am, and was the third voter at his booth (according to his tweet).
Others who turned up early included Rekha (who ditched the Kanjeevaram for a tracksuit), Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Shilpa Shetty, Shreya Ghoshal, Milind Soman, Amrita Arora Ladak and Farhan Akhtar.
Vidya Balan, who now lives in Juhu, went to Chembur to vote. "This gives me a chance to come to Chembur. It's my responsibility to vote...," she told the media. Preity Zinta and Sachin Tendulkar flew down from Sharjah, where the seventh season of the IPL is underway, to cast their votes. "It's time to stop complaining about the system & take action. Boys n girls either Vote now or forever keep Quiet! (sic)," Preity tweeted.
A number of Bollywood celebs gave voting a miss due to the ongoing film awards function in the USA. Filmmaker Kunal Kohli lashed out at them by tweeting, "@FarOutAkhtar proud of you that you casting your vote then going for #IIFA2014 why couldn't others do that? (sic)."