27 September, 2020

Star-Studded Roadshow

Cinestars leave behind the glitz and glamour of tinsel town to take on the heat and dust of Elections '98, spicing up the poll tamasha

Star-Studded Roadshow
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PHILLUM stars don't live in Gurdaspur, do they? So, when a popular tinsel town denizen wings away from Mum-bai's make-up rooms, descends on a back-of-beyond Lok Sabha constituency and turns a sprawling bungalow in Pathankot into his residence-cum-office to wage electoral war, incredulity is inevitable. As the ageing Bollywood hunk, Vinod Khanna, BJP's candidate in Gurdaspur, appeals for votes in chaste Punjabi, he does so with all the fervour that a seasoned actor can muster. Yet, his pronouncements are greeted with dollops of scepticism. In Dinanagar, an assembly segment of the constituency, a bearded man walks up to the broad-shouldered star, gives his hand a vigorous shake and asks: "Tusi rahoge itthe? (Will you live here?)" The nattily-attired Khanna replies with a cultivated air of certitude: "Zaroor ji, zaroor."

 The question is hurled at Khanna everywhere. To allay the persistent doubts, his campaign managers miss no opportunity to let it be known that Khanna is already talking to prospective dealers for a house in Gurdaspur....

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