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Bollywood: Political Signs!

Mumbai, March 11 -- With the general elections coming up, politics is on everyone's mind. And with half a dozen films set against a political background, Bollywood seems geared to cash in on the general mood.    

'Political awareness has gone up'

Madhuri Dixit's Gulaab Gang, has already released at an opportune time.    And Revolver Rani - a satirical love story set against a political backdrop - will soon see Kangana Ranaut playing a political leader. Director Madhur Bhandarkar is also working on Madamji. Starring Priyanka Chopra, it'll be based on the life of an item girl-turned-politician.    

Bhandarkar says, "Thanks to media penetration, the awareness levels about politics have gone up... It's keenly followed in our country. So it has huge potential as movie subjects."

Adapting from books Also dealing with politics will be a yet-untitled Sonam Kapoor-starrer, based on author Anuja Chauhan's Battle For Bittora. The book deals with a love story between two politicians who, despite being in love, are contesting against each other in the elections. Sonam's father and the film's producer, Anil Kapoor, is confident about it: "I feel the content of the book will make a fantastic film," he says.    

Inspired by politicians Anil's character in Sanjay Gupta's upcoming Mumbai Saga is reportedly influenced by Shiv Sena founder, the late Bal Thackeray. "It's not inspired by a real-life figure," says Gupta.    

Meanwhile, Jackky Bhagnani plays a young Prime Minister in Youngistaan. His character has been compared to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi; however, Jackky has clarified that he is "not portraying Rahul Gandhi". Paresh Rawal, too, is set to play BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, in a biopic.    

Will it work? Considering politics is a contentious issue, is it risky to make such films? Gupta says, "There have been films like New Delhi Times (1986) and Aandhi (1975), where it was weaved in beautifully. The audience just wants to see an interesting tale."

Trade expert Taran Adarsh adds, "Why should the expectations from a film based on politics be different from any other film? Remember Raajneeti (2010)? It did well commercially and critically."

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