Battle of Bollywood (Indian Film stars) and Indian Elections

By • Mar 29th, 2009
Category: Bollywood, India, People, Video, YouTube Videos

This recent article from Times Online caught my eye: Battle of Bollywood as stars take sides in Indian poll. The article caught my eyes for two reasons. One was when they spoke about  South Indian actress Nandita Morarji being tapped by Sonia Gandhi of the Congress Party. I thought I knew my South Indian film history, and had to google Nandita Morarji to get my answer. Why, we all know her as Nagma of the Telugu cinema fame. Wonder if Nagma is canvassing unde her given name Nandita Moraji? 

The second reason the article caught my eye was their use of the term Bollywood. I am a little disappointed that the paper chose to use the title Bollywood to talk about the involvement of Indian films stars from Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi film industry. They mentioned Nandita Morarji and Vijayshanit and did correctly identify them as belonging to the South Indian film industry, but then why have the title Bollywood in the article? Bollywood is a term that is generally applied to the commercial Hindi cinema produced in Mumbai. Bollywood does not automatically mean all Indian cinema. I am not being picky, but I think it is important that we don’t use the term Bollywood and the Indian film industry interchangably.  

 Once you get past the definition of the term Bollywood, the article provides a succinct summary of various film actors that are either running or contesting for the elections from a Bombay/Delhi perspective. Interestingly, the article does not talk about Sanjay Dutt, who is trying to contest from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh as a Samajwadi Party candidate. But, Dutt has run into problems and needs to get clearance from the Supreme Court in order to run for elections. Dutt, who is on bail  in connection with the 1993 blast,will know on March 30th when the Supreme Court pronounces its verdict. In the meantime, the Congress Party has announced that it does not plan to field any candidate from Lucknow if Dutt runs for elections.More than Bollywood, it is the film stars in the South, who have been deeply involved in the politics of their states. To be continued….

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3 Responses »

  1. Looks like Bollywood and Politics go hand in hand, its bound to be though.

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