16 January, 2021

When The Paints Go Marchin' In

Malayalam stars get political, an itch so far left unscratched

Poll Position
Kerala goes to the polls in April, and campaigning is on
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When The Paints Go Marchin' In
  • Last Year: Actor Innocent won the Lok Sabha seat from Chalakuddy, and this may have piqued other actors' ambitions
  • This Year: Besides Ganesh Kumar, a seasoned politician-cum-actor, at least four others seem bitten by the politics bug
  • Sidelight: Even superstar Mohanlal's controversial blog on nationalism, people say, may be fired by political dreams


As Kerala goes into election mode, indications are that many Mollywood actors may take the leap—arthritic, some may say—into politics. Perhaps eyeing MLA-ship as a post-retirement benefit, it’s some mellowing stars who are giving elections a shot. On the final Congress list are actors Siddique (Aroor) and Jagadish (Pathanapuram), while rumours are the BJP will field Suresh Gopi. It’s learnt that actor K.B. Ganesh Kumar of the Kerala Congress (B), a former forest minister in the UDF government, may now team up with the Left Front.

Ganesh Kumar—the first...



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