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For these actresses, screen stardom is their ticket to politics, but with mixed luck

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New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) ‘Anupamaa’ star Rupa Ganguly’s decision to join the BJP and enter politics makes her the newest addition to a galaxy of women celebrities from Mumbai’s entertainment world who have taken the political plunge in the tradition of Nargis Dutt and Vyjayanthimala Bali. Who are the others still active in politics, albeit with mixed lucky? Here’s a list:

Dipika Chikhlia Topiwala: Best known for playing Sita in Ramanand Sagar’s show ‘Ramayan’ (after acting in ‘Vikram Aur Betaal’, also by Sagar), Chikhlia was the first of the then new-generation TV stars to pursue a political career, albeit briefly. She was elected MP from Baroda on a BJP ticket in 1991 (PM Narendra Modi, incidentally, also won from the constitutency in 2014, only to give it up in favour of Varanasi).

On the big screen, Chikhlia made her Hindi cinema debut as lead in ‘Sun Meri Laila’, cast opposite Raj Kiran, in 1983, and later acted in films with Rajesh Khanna at a time when he had long ceased to be a superstar.

Chikhlia appeared with Mammootty in the Malayalam film ‘Ithile Iniyum Varu’, Kannada movies ‘Hosa Jivana’ (Shankar Nag) and ‘Indrajeeth’ (Ambareesh), in the Tamil hit film ‘Nangal’, and was cast opposite Prosenjit Chatterjee in the Bengali ‘Asha O Bhalobasha’, but her film career was as inconsequential as her stint in politics.

Now, she divides her time between being seen as Sumitra Devi in the TV series ‘Dhartiputra Nandini’ and her domestic responsibilities as wife of a cosmetics company owner.

Smriti Irani: From participating in ‘Miss India’ in 1998 to be best known for her playing Tulsi Virani in Ektaa Kapoor’s blockbuster TV show ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ (2000), Irani joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2003. She continued acting, though, her last appearance being in the 2013 horror thriller mini-series ‘Ek Thhi Naayka’.

After initial electoral setbacks, including being defeated by Rahul Gandhi from Amethi in 2014, she not only staged a remarkable victory from the same seat against the same candidate in 2019, but also became a Union minister for a second consecutive term, her present charge being the ministries of women and child development, and minority affairs. She is now back in Amethi to contest her third consecutive election from there.

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Hema Malini: The ‘Dream Girl’ of Bollywood, Hema Malini is a two-term BJP MP representing the Mathura constituency since 2014, when she defeated sitting MP Jayant Chaudhary of the Rashtriya Lok Dal. She has again been given a BJP ticket to contest from Mathura and score a likely hattrick.

Hema Malini, who attended schools in Chennai and Delhi, made her acting debut in 1963 with the Tamil film ‘Idhu Sathiyam’ (it was remade in Hindi as ‘Shehzada’, starring Rajesh Khanna and Raakhee, in 1972), but she entered the imagination of a larger national audience only after she landed the lead role in the Raj Kapoor-starrer ‘Sapno Ka Saudagar’ (1968).

To be made famous forever by her portrayal of Basanti in ‘Sholay’, she also made news with her marriage with Dharmendra, her co-star from the film, whom she first acted with in ‘Tum Haseen Main Jawan’. Dharmendra and Hema Malini have acted together in 28 films, from ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’ to ‘Dillagi’.

One of Bollywood’s most successful heroines, Hema Malini has appeared in TV shows as well, including ‘Jai Mata Ki’, where she played Goddess Durga.

Jaya Bachchan: An outspoken Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha MP now in her fifth term (she first stepped into the House in 2004), Jaya Bachchan, who is the daughter of the famous journalist Tarun Kumar Bhaduri, made her debut as a teenager in the 1963 Satyajit Ray film ‘Mahanagar’.

As an actor, Jaya Bachchan gained critical acclaim for her performances in films such as Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s ‘Guddi’ and ‘Anamika’. Movies like ‘Uphaar’, ‘Piya Ka Ghar’, ‘Parichay’ and ‘Bawarchi’ made her a superstar.

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She married Amitabh Bachchan in 1973 and the two became one of the most celebrated couples in Indian cinema.Jaya Bachchan continued to be on the big screen after marriage till ‘Silsila’ (1981).

She was back wtih ‘Fiza’ (2000) and ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ (2001), and has had a film almost every year since then, the most recent being Karan Johar’s romantic comedy ‘Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani’, where she appeared as Dhanalakshmi Randhawa, the mother of Ranveer Singh’s character.

Kirron Kher: The one-term BJP MP from Chandigarh (she hasn’t got a party ticket for the ongoing elections), Kirron Kher made her debut in 1983 with the Punjabi movie ‘Aasra Pyar Da’. The Chandigarh-born popular actress was then known as Kiran Thakar Singh Sandhu.

She took a break from films till 1987, when she returned to the big screen to play a small role in ‘Pestonjee’, which also had Anupam Kher, her second husband, on the cast.

Trained in theatre, Kiran Kher (she changed her name to Kirron in 2003) was active on the stage in the 1980s, and appeared in the Javed Siddiqui-Feroz Abbas Khan play ‘Saalgirah’. It was Shyam Benegal’s musical film, ‘Sardari Begum’, that brought her to the notice of a national audience and garnered a national award for her.

Since then, Kirron Kher has appeared as a supporting actor in a procession of acclaimed films, from ‘Devdas’ to ‘Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna’, from ‘Rang De Basanti’ and ‘Om Shanti Om’ and ‘Dostana’. And in the middle of a pretty hectic film career she joined the BJP in 2009.

The 72-year-old actress has also appeared on television, most notably as a judge on ‘India’s Got Talent’ since 2009, and as the mother of Parminder Nagra’s character in an episode of the Michael Crichton-created medical drama series, ‘ER’.

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Urmila Matondkar: In the news briefly during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, where she contested and lost as a Congress candidate from Bombay North, which was won, incidentally, by film star Govinda in 2004, Urvashi Matondkar made her debut as a child artiste in B.R. Chopra’s ‘Karm’ (1977). And she continued to appear as a child actor in Shekhar Kapur’s ‘Masoom’ and ‘Kalyug’, among other films.

As an adult, Matondkar opened her account in 1989 with T.K. Rajeev Kumar’s Malayalam blockbuster ‘Chanakyan’, opposite Kamal Haasan, and launched her Bollywood career with N Chandra’s 1991 action drama ‘Narsimha’.

Matondkar gained national recognision, however, with Ram Gopal Verma’s romantic drama ‘Rangeela’ (1995) and since then she has portrayed a range of intense characters, including a serial killer, obsessive lover and possessed woman in projects such as ‘Judaai’, ‘Satya’, ‘Jungle’, ‘Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya’, and ‘Kaun’. She was last seen on the small screen as judge on the dance reality show ‘DID Super Moms’ in 2022.

Rupali Ganguly: Best known for her portrayal of soap characters such as ‘Monisha Sarabhai’ and ‘Anupamaa’ (her present small screen avatar), TV actress Rupali is the latest entertainment world celebrity to seek a parallel career in politics.

Daughter of filmmaker Anil Ganguly, the 47-year-old popular TV star started acting as a child artiste. She made her TV debut with the show ‘Sukanya’, which was aired in the year 2000, but Ganguly got her big break when she played Dr Simran Chopra in the 2003 medical drama ‘Sanjivani: A Medical Boon’.

She then gained wider recognition with her portrayal of Monisha in the 2004 sitcom ‘Sarabhai vs Sarabhai’.

Thereafter, she has been cast in ‘Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii’, ‘Kkavyanjali’, ‘Ek Packet Umeed’, ‘Sapna Babul Ka…Bidaai’ and ‘Baa Bahoo Aur Baby’. The actress also participated in the first season of the controversial reality show ‘Bigg Boss’, which was won by actor Rahul Roy.

–IANS

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Don’t have to explain act of sex to my children: Sushmita Sen

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Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Actress Sushmita Sen, who was last seen in the 3rd season of the streaming series ‘Aarya’, has shared that she didn’t have to explain the act of sex to her children as a part of sex education.

Sushmita recently appeared on actress Rhea Chakraborty’s ‘Chapter 2 Podcast’, and discussed aspects of her life.

The ‘Aarya’ star shared that the conversation she had with her girls about sex was very different from what the actress had with her mom. The conversation that Sushmita had with her mother was not very intimate, unlike the one she had with her daughters.

She told Rhea, “The act of sex, I didn’t have to explain (to my daughters). They’re already PhDs (sic), all of them are. My younger one is into biology. So, she will get into terminologies, and I’m like, Okay, can we please keep it very generic? We don’t have to discuss the technicalities of it.”

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She went on to say that the only thing that she has repeatedly spoken to them about is, if somebody told them, “It’s the right time or this is not the right thing,” she was not interested in discussing that with her daughter because that’s between them and their friends.

“You figure that out, equate sex with respect in your life,” the actress shared.

“You can explore yourself and your desires, there’s no problem with that. But, in the end, it should not make you feel bad because that’s important. And, don’t do it out of peer pressure. You have to do it because you want that,” she added.

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Vatsal Sheth-Ishita Dutta's belated wish for their son: 'Cannot believe you are 1 yr already'

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Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Actor couple Ishita Dutta and Vatsal Sheth on Saturday shared a happy glimpse of their baby boy Vaayu, wishing him love on his first birthday.

Taking to Instagram, Ishita posted a picture, wherein we can see her wearing a green long-sleeved tee-shirt and beige-coloured shorts. Vatsal was donning a white t-shirt and blue ripped denims.

Their little bundle of joy is sitting on a swing wearing a yellow t-shirt. The lovebirds are candidly posing standing behind their baby.

Ishita captioned the post: “Happy bday my baby… cannot believe you are 1 yr already… wish you all the happiness and love… Mumma papa love you so so much Vaayu….. Btw his bday was yest 19th but we were too busy having a blast.”

She gave the geo-tag of London, UK to her post.

Actor Bobby Deol dropped red heart emojis in the comment section.

Ishita met Vatsal on the sets of their show ‘Rishton Ka Saudagar – Baazigar’ in 2016. They had tied the knot in November 2017 in Mumbai.

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Ishita is best known for her performance in the 2015 crime thriller film ‘Drishyam’, starring Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran and Tabu. She has also starred in shows like ‘Kaun Hai? – Ek Naya Adhyay’, and ‘Thoda sa Baadal Thoda sa Paani’.

Vatsal has been a part of TV shows like ‘Just Mohabbat’, ‘Ek Hasina Thi’, ‘Gehraiyaan’, and ‘Naagin 6’. He has also featured in movies ‘Taarzan: The Wonder Car’, ‘Heroes’, ‘Jai Ho’, and most recently ‘Adipurush’.

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Saira Banu pens emotional note for her good friend Rajendra Kumar

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Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Veteran actress Saira Banu, who often grabs eyeballs on Instagram courtesy of her insightful posts about her life and her late husband, the cinema icon Dilip Kumar, has remembered the late actor Rajendra Kumar on his birth anniversary.

On Saturday, Saira took to the Stories section of her Instagram and shared a throwback image wishing the late actor.

She wrote on the picture, “Remembering the legendary Rajendra Kumar ji also known as Jubilee Kumar on his birth anniversary. He wasn’t just a prominent actor with whom I had the pleasure of sharing the screen in much-loved films like ‘Jhuk Gaya Aasman’, ‘Ayee Milan Ki Bela’, and ‘Aman’, Rajendra ji was also a cherished family friend and a constant well-wisher.”

The former actress then wrote that their bond was beautifully captured in his biography, ‘Jubilee Kumar: The Life and Times of a Superstar’.

He spoke about her in the biography, and had shared, “I have always prayed that Saira should find a worthy life partner. And see, my wish came true; she married the legend of Indian films, Dilip Kumar.”

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The actress further mentioned: “His words reflect the warmth and affection he had for our family, making his memory all the more precious. Happy Birth Anniversary, dear Rajendra ji. Your legacy and the kindness you bestowed upon us continue to inspire many.”

Rajendra Kumar, who was awarded the Padma Shri in 1970, appeared in more than 80 films in a career spanning over four decades.

He starred alongside Sunil Dutt and Nargis in ‘Mother India’ which was India’s first submission for the Oscars in the Best International Feature Film category.

He was popularly known as Jubilee Kumar during the 1960s when he starred in several commercially successful films.

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Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Actress Twinkle Khanna has raised awareness for the late periods in women at the age of 50, wondering if it is ‘menopause’ or ‘pregnancy’.

The digital media company Tweak India, which was founded by the ‘Baadshah’ actress shared a Boomerang video of Twinkle on the Instagram, in which she is wearing a white top, holding a cup in her hand and wondering: “When you’re 50 and your period is late, you wonder if it’s menopause or pregnancy”.

The bilingual digital media platform for women, Tweak India, which is now acquired by the Good Glamm Group, captioned the video as: “50 and swiftly descending into panic – Is this the welcome to the perimenopause club?”

The columnist Twinkle, who is known for her books ‘Mrs Funnybones’, and ‘The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad’ is in her 50s and relates to the late periods and the menopause situation that occurs in women.

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Menopause, which occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, is the time when menstrual periods permanently stop, marking the end of reproduction.

The common symptoms during this time are — women can experience hot flashes, night sweats, reddening of the skin, vaginal dryness, trouble sleeping, and mood changes.

There are also physical changes like — bone loss, increased central abdominal fat, and adverse changes in a woman’s cholesterol profile and vascular function.

Twinkle, who is the daughter of superstars Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia, made her acting debut in 1995 with the movie ‘Barsaat’, alongside Bobby Deol.

She has starred in movies like ‘Dil Tera Diwana’, ‘International Khiladi’, ‘Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan’, ‘Mela’, ‘Chal Mere Bhai’, and ‘Jodi No.1’.

Twinkle is married to Akshay Kumar, and the couple have a son Aarav and daughter Nitara.

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Hina Khan is taking 'one step at a time' as she drops workout video amid chemotherapy

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Hina Khan is taking 'one step at a time' as she drops workout video amid chemotherapy

Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Actress Hina Khan, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy for stage three breast cancer, is taking ‘one step at a time’, saying ‘this journey should be remembered for what I made off it’.

The diva took to her Instagram account and shared a Reel video, wherein we can see her working out in a gym. In the video, she is wearing a pink tank top and black tights and is flaunting her pixie haircut, which she opted for because of her treatment.

The post is captioned: “Will it to win it, one step at a time.. Doing what I promised myself.. yes .. just as I said you can find Good Days and make the most of it, even if they are few.. This journey should be remembered for what I made of it. not the other way around..”

“Thank you Allah for giving me this strength.. I pray for your continuous support and healing. With all due respect to everyone who’s battling similar fights more or less.. the idea is to know yourself, find your own way and listen to your body. #ScarredNotScared #AWindowToMyJourney #TheGirlWhoNeverGivesUp #DaddysStrongGirl #OneDayAtATime,” added Hina.

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On June 28, Hina took to social media and announced the news of her breast cancer.

The actress is best known for her role as Akshara in the popular TV show ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’. She has then participated in ‘Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 8’, ‘Bigg Boss 11’, and ‘Bigg Boss 14’.

On the work front, Hina recently made her Punjabi film debut with ‘Shinda Shinda No Papa’, alongside Gippy Grewal.

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