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Bollywood stars: will they shine in elections 2014?

Veterans like Shatrughan Sinha, Raj Babbar and Hema Malini and new entrants like Kirron Kher, Gul Panag, Moon Moon Sen, Pawan Kalyan and several other stars have jumped into electoral politics this time to try their luck, adding glamour to the battle for power.

Film stars' flirtation with politics is not new but so far it has not been successful in North India as much as in the South.

People in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh show an unmatched passion for their movie stars and have voted matinee idols like N T Rama Rao and M G Ramachandran to power but in the North big names like Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra and Govinda got into politics with great fanfare but only to leave it halfway.

It is to be seen whether the current lot of celebrities manage to convert their star appeal for a long haul in the heat and dust of politics or fade out as quicky as they came.

This year, Chandigarh is set for an interesting battle between two celebrities-- Panag, who is fighting from Aam Admi Party and veteran actress Kirron, a Lok Sabha candidate from Bhartiya Janta Party.

When Panag's name was announced, she seemed to have an edge due to her youth appeal but BJP changed the equation by pitching its own star in Kirron, who has had an acclaimed career behind her. Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal, who had to quit the Raiway Ministry under a cloud, is caught in the fight of the dimpled beauties.

AAP, led by Arvind Kejriwal, had many sympathisers in Bollywood during his pre-political, Anna Hazare days but many have drifted away post his political debut. The party may still throw some surprises from Bollywood.

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