The Television industry has continued to entertain people through various series for a long decade. The craze of audiences in watching these television shows has existed right from the beginning. A new era began in the television world with the production of the first-ever Hindi serial Hum Log which lasted for just 154 episodes.
It began telecast on Doordarshan, India’s national network on 7 July 1984 and subsequently gave rise to the production of other Hindi serials. While there have been innumerable daily soap operas that have been produced to date, there were some characters who cherished the hearts of the people forever. While we have never thought that we could see them working in any other field apart from acting in serial, various television celebrities gave up their career on TV to join politics.
So today, in this post, we have gathered a list of those TV celebrities who went forward to join politics. Let’s have a look:
This multiskilled Television personality is not only a prominent actor but director, screenwriter, producer, veterinary doctor, and former Member of Parliament in Lok Sabha. Nitish became a household name after his portrayal of the character Lord Krishna in B. R. Chopra’s television series Mahabharat. The actor has well established himself as the television god by taking up the roles of gods in Hindu Mythology.
Bhardwaj was also part of Chopra’s other great works, such as Vishnu Puran where he portrayed several avatars of Lord Vishnu and another serial, ‘Geeta Rahasya’. It truly comes as a surprise for us that before being a part of Indian television, the actor used to work as a professional veterinary surgeon. However, since he found this profession a bit monotonous the actor decided to try his hands at acting. Following this, in 1988, Nitish became one of the most successful and popular actors on television when he was just 23 years old.
He also played the role of Ram in another series by B. R. Chopra opposite Smriti Irani. The actor later decided to take a break from the industry and eventually moved from movies to politics. Bhardwaj contested the parliamentary elections from Jamshedpur and Rajgarh as a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate and ended up being elected to Lok Sabha as a Member of Parliament from Jamshedpur in 1996. After 10 years, in 2006, the actor sidelined himself from the party.
Another prominent actress of Indian Television who became a household name after working as the main lead in one of the first longest-running TV shows Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi with 1,833 episodes. She played the main antagonist of Tulsi in the serial and her work was immensely loved by the audiences which made her gain fame overnight.
The former model and a producer left the television world and went on to make her career in Indian politics and became a prominent leader within the Bharatiya Janata Party. She became one of the most successful actors turned politician by joining BJP back in 2003 and now serves as a Minister in the Union Cabinet of India. Well, who would have thought that the ideal bahu of Indian television would end being a successful politician as well?
Well, she might seem just nothing more than a “drama queen”, Rakhi Sawant is an Indian dancer, model, and actress who has showcased her work in various industries including, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Telugu, and various other films. She was also a former participant of the Indian reality show, Bigg Boss season 1. Born as Neeru Bheda, the actress gained immense popularity after being a part of the reality show ‘Rakhi Ka Swayamvar’ on Imagine TV.
Rakhi launched her political party, the Rashtriya Aam Party which was headed by Jai Shah, to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. However, after the election, she joined the Republican Party of India. The Rashtriya Aam Party founded by the actress wasn’t able to attain any party symbol by the Election Commission, so she decided to promote the party with a symbol which she felt matched with her personality, a “green chili”. After resigning from the Rashtriya Aam Party, Sawant joined the RPI (Athavale) party in June 2014 and expressed her desire to work for Dalits.
This beauty queen is an Indian actress, voice actress, and model who began her career in Bollywood with her first film Dhoop in 2003. Her beautiful smile and mesmerizing looks were seen in various Bollywood movies like Dor, Dhoop, Manorama Six Feet Under, Hello, etc. Apart from being a great actress and a politician, she is also an avid biker and a certified pilot who has never backed down from her contribution towards various social activities.
From topics like gender equality to eve-teasing, the actress has strongly raised her voice and helped society to tackle such issues. Talking about her political career, Gul was the Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Chandigarh for the 2014 Indian general election where she attained the third position with 1,08,679 votes.
Navjot Singh Sidhu
The former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu doesn’t require much of an introduction. You might have known about various life details of this television personality through his appearance as a judge in the previous episodes of the Kapil Sharma Show. While we know much about the cricketer, Navjot Sidhu is well known for his jolly good nature and uncontrollable waves of laughter.
Apart from appearing as a commentator and sports analyst on various sports and news channels, he is one of the most loved faces of Indian Television. He has been a part of various television series either as a judge or a guest including some popular shows like Comedy Nights with Kapil, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, Funjabbi Chak De, etc. Sidhu stepped into politics in 2004 by winning the Bharatiya Janata Party ticket from the Amritsar seat.
An established actor, dancer, and comedian the Indian Television also attained a position in the list by being a part of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in March 2014. He is not only a successful entertainer but a good voice dubbing artist who lends his voice for Hindi versions of Disney characters, Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Don Karnage. His work as a voice antagonist has been immensely popular amongst kids and fans. Taking his political career into account, the actor finished fifth in the constituency securing 41,429.
The final and the last candidate in the list is Indian film actor, anchor, producer, director, and singer Shekhar Suman. His dashing persona and mesmerizing voice made him a prominent figure in Indian Television. Throughout his television career, the actor worked in popular shows like Dekh Bhai Dekh, Reporter, Kabhi Idhar Kabhi Udhar, Chote Babu, Andaz, etc. He began his career with the television series, ‘Wah Janab and has never looked back since.
Even after being a successful face of Indian television, the actor decided to join politics and in 2009, Shekhar formally joined the Congress Party. He was also fielded for Patna Sahib parliamentary constituency against Bollywood actor Shatrughan Sinha of the Bharatiya Janata Party. However, in 2012, Suman decided to quit Congress and made a comeback on television with the new season of his popular satirical show ‘Movers and Shakers.’