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8 Bollywood celebrities who would make great politicians

Arjun Rampal for President? Yes, please

By Salva Mubarak  June 1st, 2017

One might argue that Indian politicians are better entertainers than some of the biggest Bollywood stars, but that’s a discussion for another day. Recently, Rajnikanth’s brother confirmed the rumours of the actor making his foray into the grimy world of governance. Whether Rajnikanth will change the face of Tamil Nadu politics completely or just end up becoming fodder for more ‘Rajnikanth can *insert impossible task*’ jokes, we wouldn’t dare say. What we can declare with confidence is that Thalaiva’s fledgling career choice has given us the opportunity to put off important meetings and long-distance calls to analyse which Bollywood celebrity exhibits outstanding political acumen.

8 Bollywood celebrities as politicians

Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut is known for many skills, but keeping her counsel when being questioned on uncomfortable topics is not one of them. In an industry where everyone seeks refuge behind diplomatic responses and non-committal stances, Kangana’s carefully enunciated savagery is a breath of fresh air. If Kangana ever decides to join politics, you can expect the same level of ferocity in her debating skills. Though this might prove counterproductive to maintaining diplomatic relations with our neighbours, Kangana might just be the politician we need, but don’t deserve.

Shah Rukh Khan

The man can give a speech. Shah Rukh’s oratory skills have stood the test of a viral TED talk and numerous award acceptance speeches over the years. Speech-giving is about 90% of a politician’s job description. Shah Rukh Khan doesn’t even have to do the unimportant stuff like draft bills for the development of the country etc etc. All he has to do is get up on that stage, give a speech that's funny, poignant and insightful at the same time, and he'll be steamrolling the competition for years.

Priyanka Chopra

If there was any person perfectly suited for establishing healthy relations with foreign nations, it’s Priyanka Chopra. With her primetime television show and her innumerable talk show appearances, Priyanka has firmly established herself as a staple in American households. She can definitely moonlight as an ambassador to the west on behalf of the nation, if she manages to carve time out of her inhumanly-packed schedule.

Alia Bhatt

A politician who loves the taste of foot in mouth is so common, it's stopped making front page news. But rarely do we see any politician owning up to their gaffes (we hope they are gaffes). After the ‘Prithviraj Chavan-Indian president’ debacle on Koffee With Karan, Alia Bhatt managed to laugh at herself, by appearing in AIB’s ‘Genius of the Year’ sketch, and cemented her reputation as one of the coolest celebrities around. This resilience can go a long way in being a politician in India, especially if you have a proclivity to say stuff that is not entirely smart on occasion. 

Arjun Rampal

How long will we sit and let the French and the Canadians hog the top spot on the ‘hottest world leaders’ lists? It’s a matter of national urgency. When we heard rumours of Arjun Rampal’s possible launch into politics earlier this year, we sent a silent prayer to all the Gods. But, as is the case with most good things in the world, it was too good to be true and Arjun denied the claim. But Arjun, if you’re reading this, think about what’s at stake here. If this doesn't convince you, allow us to use this handy list of reasons you're the only who can save Indian politics.

Sonam Kapoor

There’s no one in the industry who is as on trend as Sonam Kapoor. Whether it’s discovering new designers or launching her own app, Sonam has always stayed one step ahead of her contemporaries. It's safe to say that Sonam is in possession of an enchanted crystal ball that shows her the future, or she's just plain smart. Clairvoyant mirror or not, our government could do with Sonam’s predictive powers to steam ahead of the competition. Trends in state policies is a thing, right?

Karan Johar

He's already been branded the ‘flag bearer of nepotism’ by Kangana Ranaut and it’s no hidden truth that he's one of the most powerful men in Bollywood. Anyone following the career of the Gandhi family in Congress can attest to the fact that ‘light’ nepotism is not unheard of in Indian politics, allowing Karan to fit right in with ease. Koffee With Karan proved that Karan knows everyone’s secrets and, if the documentary series House of Cards has taught us anything, it's that this is a powerful and necessary tool for any politician.

Salman Khan

He already enjoys power that renders him untouchable from any harm and his loyal fan base is practiced in the art of issuing heinous threats to critics. Salman is clearly a politician waiting to be unleashed on unsuspecting voters. Will he be able to create groundbreaking policies that would uplift society? Who knows? Stranger things have happened. His ‘influential’ skills can be used for good in matters like the dismal attendance in government offices around the country.