It’s election time in Delhi (the Capital votes on December 4) and surprisingly, this time around several Bollywood A-listers are doing their bit to woo the Capital’s voters to come out and exercise their democratic right. Actor Saif Ali Khan along with the film crew of his upcoming movie Bullett Raja, which includes actor Sonakshi Sinha and director Tigmanshu Dhulia, was in Delhi on Tuesday to flag off a biker’s rally in Delhi, to raise awareness about the need to vote. And though Saif could not participate in the rally finally (see box below), government officals feel that stars do help to create awareness. “Bollywood stars motivate people to vote. We don’t just want people to vote, we also want them to bring others to vote,” says Shamim Akhtar, Additional District Magistrate (north), who invited Saif.
Besides Saif, his sister and actor Soha Ali Khan, has also been roped in by Delhi Election Commission as the brand ambassador for its multimedia campaign. Talking about this association Soha says, “EC wanted to rope in people who are youth icons. Actors are role models for youngsters in many ways.” Even singer Vishal Dadlani held a concert at Jantar Mantar recently and asked the youth to come out and vote. He said, “I’ve been working alongside a few people from the Aam Aadmi Party for a while now, and it’s my duty as a citizen to back up my words with action.”
Radio station Fever 104, too, is running an interesting campaign, Each One Kheench One, wherein they are urging everyone to convince at least one more person each, to vote. Actor Kareena Kapoor, who is supporting this campaign, says, “This is a fantastic initiative.”
Shouted at, Saif scraps rally
Saif Ali Khan was scheduled to participate in a bike rally in Delhi with his Bullett Raja co-star Sonakshi Sinha and director Tigmanshu Dhulia. The rally being organised by the Delhi Election Office (north) aimed at increasing awareness among voters on the need to exercise their democratic right.
However, the team faced the ire of fans and media when he landed up for the press conference four hours late. “Agar meri galti hoti toh main zaroor maafi maangta, magar hum traffic mein phase the,” Saif told a room full of angry people. Dhulia then added, “Main sabki taraf se maafi maangta hu,” but the people still kept protesting against their latecoming. A visibly agitated Saif then retorted, “Mujhe lagta hai maine yahan aake galti kar di. Isse achha toh main bombay mein hi interviews karu (he is currently promoting his film).” A section of the people, however continued to agitate and shouted, “Go back,” slogans, after which the team left. Saif also told the media, “Aap log media hain lekin bheed ki tarah behave kar rahein hai.”