Ahead of National Election, Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar joins Congress after a meeting with Rahul Gandhi, on Wednesday. The grand old party made the announcement by sharing a picture of her receiving a bouquet from the Congress Chief.
45-year-old Urmila Matondkar is likely to be the party candidate from Mumbai in April-May National Election. Ms. Matondkar claims that it was her first step towards “active politics”. She continued that she had been raised in a family, which believes in strong political ideals and social awareness.
Greeted by Mumbai Congress Chief Milind Deora and Sanjay Nirupam, the veteran actress was quoted saying, “I am taking my first step in active politics. I am from a family that has shaped my political views based on the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Sardar Patel. It is another matter that despite being from an academics-oriented family, I joined films. But I had social awareness right from childhood.”
She was catapulted to fame as a child star in 1983’s Masoom. Another iconic movie, which stayed in memory of public was 1995 blockbuster hit Rangeela.
Ms. Matondkar said, “I know when filmstars enter politics, they are expected to pull in voters because of their glamour. I would request you to keep such thoughts away when it comes to me.”
While addressing his first press conference in Delhi, Milind Deora said that “I have known Urmila-ji for years. She is not just one of India’s finest artists, but someone who is extremely opinionated on issues affecting our society and someone taking the political step for the long run to serve the country through the Congress party.”
Six Lok Sabha Constituencies in Mumbai will vote on April 29 along with 17 others in four rounds of elections for April-May National Election starting from April 11 to May 19.
If Ms. Matondkar is nominated in Mumbai North will contest against BJP lawmaker Gopal Shettu, which is a stronghold of BJP.
In 2004, Bollywood actor Govind Ahuja has earned the title of “Giant Killer”, after he defeated ex- Petroleum Minister Ram Naik, contested from BJP.
Again Mr. Naik was defeated in 2009 by Sanjay Nirupam, who lost in 2014 Election.
In Urmila Matondkar’s long career, she starred opposite top actors in movies like Chamatkar, Kaun, Narasimha, Ek Hasina Thi, Judaai, Bhoot, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Maara, Indian, Satya, and Daud.