One more name from Bollywood has turned political. In a year when the Indian general elections will be fought, political parties have gone all out to woo Bollywood celebrities and use their influence over the public to garner votes. While some stick to promoting particular parties, others have stuck their neck out and have decided to join politics formally and contest elections.
The latest entrant is Urmila Matondkar, the ‘90s siren who won everyone’s hearts in films like Rangeela and Judaai. Urmila has now decided to step into the political arena. The actress may be offered a ticket from Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency to up the glamour quotient against Bharatiya Janata Party's incumbent MP Gopal Shetty, says a report in Zee News. Sources added that Urmila is likely to join Congress in the next two to three days.
Her name is at "an advanced stage of consideration by the party leadership" and that a final decision could be announced shortly, political sources told another news agency IANS.
Marathi actor Asawari and television actor Joshi Shilpa Shinde have also requested for Congress ticket from Mumbai. Mumbai's six Lok Sabha constituencies will vote on April 29 along with 17 others in the state`s fourth phase of polling.
Urmila started her career as a child actor in the Marathi film, Zaakol (1980), and entered Bollywood in the Shashi Kapoor-Rekha starrer Kalyug (1981). After working as a child star, she then graduated to becoming the lead heroine a few years later with Ram Gopal Varma’s Rangeela being one of the turning points in her career.
Urmila hasn't released an official statement but it is expected to come up in the next two or three days. Incidentally, the constituency that she will represent – Mumbai North – has seen other celeb contestants in the past. In 2004, actor Govinda had defeated BJP stalwart Ram Naik, who is currently the governor of Uttar Pradesh.