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Remember Soundarya who was burnt to ashes in a helicopter accident during the 2004 elections. Now in this 2009 election campaign, it is turn of the Jr.NTR to meet with a road accident but fortunately he came out with minor bruises and now recuperating after his discharge from the hospital.
Why political parties use/misuse/overuse the film stars? Who are to be blamed for this culture? Can these screen idols really get votes for the political leaders?
In the seventies MGR skillfully used his screen image to defeat Karunanidhi led DMK with a huge margin through his own outfit AIADMK. This has bolstered the image of the film stars across India and has the politicians believe that the matinee idols do have ability to garner votes. Today political parties are engaging even small time artists also to canvass for their party.
Showing the bogey of some immunity/protection from income tax officials, ruling parties at the centre used to ask the film stars to canvass in their favor. However, the latest trend is film stars themselves are demanding money or parliament/assembly berths or nominated posts if the party they are canvassing is voted into power. Once the agreement is reached it will be hectic life as the cadre and candidates demand the party high command to send stars to their constituencies.
Even the political parties also know that cine glamour is no more in a position in getting votes but they can draw public to election meetings, thereby boosting the morale of the cadre and improving the winning chances.
The general talk is political entry is hara-kiri for the filmy people as their glamour dilutes and their screen image takes a beating. To compensate for that the stars drive for hard barging with political parties and in some cases political parties loose or vice versa. Recently the Congress showered a lot of bonanza on Krishna and Nagarjuna but now they are not coming out to canvass for the party. Jr.NTR and Soundarya appear to be the losers.