TOP 10 ACTORS WHO TURNED INTO POLITICIANS
There isn’t another contender for the first position. The three-time Filmfare award winner J. Jayalalithaa was a relatively inexperienced politician, when she started out under the wings of the founder of A.I.A.D.M.K, M. G. Ramachandran. She then rose to the ranks of the leader of the A.I.A.D.M.K party in a very short period. Her single-mindedness put her as the C.M of Tamil Nadu not twice but five times.
2. Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran or MGR
One of the Rarest Gems in the Film Industry, Tamil Nadu still worships the former actor for his acclaimed movies. Popularly called as MGR, this actor, turned director, turned producer joined politics as a member of DMK(Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) aka Dravidian Progressive Federation), left the party to form his own called ADMK (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. He introduced various schemes for the poor and gained popularity amongst the people so much that riots broke out in Tamil Nadu after his death. He was elected as the C.M of Tamil Nadu 3 times and held the post until his death.
Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao or NTR, as he is popularly known, migrated from the theater to the big screen to politics. He was voted 'Greatest Indian Actor of All Time' in a CNN-IBN national poll conducted in 2013, on the occasion of the Centenary of Indian Cinema. He used his popularity to enter into politics and “cleansethe state of corruption from the Indian National Congress.” His party TDP (Teleugu Desam Party) made history when they beat the Indian National Congress for during elections. Naturally, he was made the C.M of the state, and he continued to serve the state two more times.
Konidela Siva SankaraVara Prasad was an actor like no other in the South Indian Film Industry. He took the stage name of Chiranjeevi which means “live forever.” Apart from acting, he was also a dancer, producer, singer, voice artist, TV host, politician, businessman and part owner of the Kerala Blasters. This versatile actor was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2006 for his contribution towards Indian cinema. He founded the Praja Rajyam Party which later merged with the Indian National Congress and is currently serving as a member of the Rajya Sabha.
Bhanurekha Ganesan, the daughter of Gemini Ganeshan and actress Pushpavalli made, had a strong family background in Films. This glam start has certainly come a long way to proving her mettle worth, and proof of it is the Padma Sri she won in 2010. Her life was anything short of controversial from an alleged affair with Amitabh Bachchan to being blamed for her husband’s suicide. As such, she found her way straight to the Rajya Sabha which is a rare feat, even for a controversial person.
Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan is as prominent as a film actress as she is as a politician. She won numerous awards, ever since her debut into Bollywood. She shifted her focus from Indian cinema to politics in 2004. Jaya Bachchan was a huge supporter of the Samajwadi Party and has represented the party in the Rajya Sabha.
7. Suresh Gopi
Suresh Gopinathan Pillai is a famous Malayalam actor, singer, philanthropist who has starred in over 200 films. He is known for portraying characters of substance, or tough characters in films. His most notable characters are that of police officers. In addition to being elected M.P, this actor is also the host of the television program Asianet’s Ningalkkum Aakaam Kodeeshwaran program, which is the Malayalam edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
8. Innocent Vincent
Innocent Varied Thekkethala is a famous Malayalam actor, comedian, businessman and politician who have won three Kerala State Awards. This actor’s foray into politics was in the form of a Thrissur District Secretary of the Revolutionary Socialist Party during the 1970s. Since then he has been able to leave his mark in the political sphere on a regular basis. The latest – having won the post of M.L.A in in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections..
Mukesh Babu is a versatile Malayalam actor known to play serious and comedic roles in the film industry. He is also an author and a t.v host and an anchor for various Malayalam T.V productions. His political ambitions came to light when be became an M.L.A for the district of Kollam.
Karunanidhi Sethu is a relatively new actor in the Tamil movie industry mostly doing supporting roles and comedy. However, he proved his mettle when acting in lead roles in films such as Dindigul Sarath. He is also credited with being a producer, singer, and a music composer. This talented artist entered into politics and secured himself a seat as M.L.A of Tamil Nadu from the Thiruvadanai constituency.