Veteran Bollywood actress Hema Malini, fielded by the Bharatiya Janata Party for the by-election to the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka, won on Thursday by a margin of 12 votes against her rival K. Marulasiddappa (Independent), who was supported by the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular).
She will have only a one-year term, ending on April 2, 2012. She was a full six-year term member of the Upper House between 2003 and 2009.
There were many Bollywood actors who dabbled in politics. Late Sunil Dutt was the first to foray into politics. Others included Vinod Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Govinda, Raj Babbar and Shatrugan Sinha.