TIMES VIEW Stars play a positive role Movie stars in 2014’s polls are a welcome addition to the fray. For those carping about how stars represent glamour and gloss, why not? Which political party worth its khaki shorts or khadi cap will ignore someone who draws thousands out to rallies or to vote? Stars fascinate audiences and direct attention to election issues with ease. Stars are also achievers in their own individual right. Few come with the taint of corruption or dynastic privilege. Additionally, they’re careful to preserve their image and avoid controversies. Superstar Amitabh Bachchan was reportedly so upset over the hammering his career took following his political stint, he quit politics entirely. Meanwhile, those who stay mostly make seamless transitions, actors like Jayalalithaa, Khushboo and Sunil Dutt accomplishing non-starry political work. Conditioned by their field which brings them into constant contact with popular realities and dreams, stars are also keenly aware of social change and community needs. While they bring starry bombast to poll promises, few descend to the kinds of crudities professional politicians, from Ajit Pawar to Azam Khan, have been noted for. And for critics scowling over how actors trivialise serious issues, career politicians often do… Read full this story
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