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5 Times Bollywood Actors Have Starred As Political Leaders

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Anupam Kher and Lara Dutta

Bollywood celebrities have a penchant for politics, and also how come some of them chose it as a second job after leaving the big screen? Shatrughan Sinha, Jaya Bachchan and several other actors have found their place on the political scene.

Politics has also been a source of inspiration for a number of filmmakers, with Bollywood producing several films and actors not shy away from playing politicians on the big screen. Here are some of the most talked about movies based on the lives of Indian politicians:


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Anupam Kher

Anupam Kher

Anupam Kher won millions of hearts with his brilliant portrayal of then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The 2019 film is based on political analyst Sanjaya Baru’s book ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’. The film depicts Singh’s downfall as a victim of Congress’s dynastic attempt to boost politician Rahul Gandhi.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Nawazuddin Siddiqui played the role of Balasaheb Thackeray in the 2019 film Thackeray directed by filmmaker Abhijit Panse. Balasaheb wielded considerable power among Maharashtrians, especially in Mumbai, where he lobbied for their rights.

Lara Dutta

Lara Dutta

Lara Dutta’s unrecognizable look as Indira Gandhi in Bell Bottom with the use of prosthetics and makeup caught everyone’s attention. Fans went gaga over the perfect likeness of the former prime minister shown in the film

Paresh Rawal

Paresh Rawal

Actor Paresh Rawal is one of the best actors in the industry. He was beloved by all in Sardar’, a 1994 film directed by filmmaker Ketan Mehta based on the life of freedom fighter Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. This film details how he united over 500 petty kingdoms into a single nation that came into being in 1947 after centuries of foreign rule.

Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut

Actress Kangana Ranaut plays the late actor-politician Jayalalithaa perfectly in the 2021 Indian biographical drama. Jayalalithaa’s journey as an actor, politician and female role model in Indian politics is chronicled in the film.

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