Actors Who Became Politicians

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M.G. Ramachandran / M.G.R.

MGR had a cinematic career of over four decades, and he began dabbling in politics from the early 1950s, eventually becoming an MLC in 1962 and an MLA in 1967. Forced to quit the DMK, he formed the AIADMK and stormed to power as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in 1977, remaining in power till his death in 1987.

J. Jayalalithaa

The five-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu came to politics through cinema, where she was a popular star from the early 60s to 1980. She entered politics in 1982 by joining the AIADMK and rose to become one of the most significant political figures of the country.

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao / N.T.R.

Arguably the first superstar of his kind, NTR started acting in 1949 and rose to tremendous fame, which he then used to reach out to those in need. He then founded the Telugu Desam Party and became Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, serving for seven years over three terms.

Sunil Dutt

The veteran actor turned politician in the mid-80s, joining the Congress and becoming the MP for Bombay North West from 1984 to 1996. After a hiatus caused by the criminal cases against his son Sanjay, Dutt Sr returned to politics in 1999, winning his seat and holding it till his death in 2005.


The ace dancer and actress who appeared in films like Devdas, Sangam, and Jewel Thief served as the MP for Madras South from 1984 to 1991, and moved to the Rajya Sabha in 1993, where she remained till 1999.

Amitabh Bachchan

Soon after the release of Coolie and Sharabi, Big B took the political plunge at the behest of his childhood friend and Congress chief Rajiv Gandhi. He won the Allahabad Lok Sabha seat by a massive margin but corruption allegations caused him to resign less than three years later.

Kangana Ranaut

The Queen actress is a candidate in the ongoing Lok Sabha Elections, having contested the Mandi constituency on a Bharatiya Janata Party ticket.

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