5 Telugu Actors Who Started Their Own Political Parties

5 Telugu Actors Who Started Their Own Political Parties

19 Mar 18 @ 2:15 PM

Actors turning politicians is not a new phenomenon anymore be it Bollywood or Tollywood. But in this great Indian political drama, few Telugu stars have managed to carve a niche by going a step ahead and being able to form their own independent political parties. Right from some established yesteryear actors to the current flock of stars, all have been attracted to achieve political glory, trying to emulate their fan frenzy to achieve political acceptance. Here is a list of Political Parties by Telugu actors who stepped up into the political ball game with their individual parties.

  1. NTR

    Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, popularly known as NTR was an acclaimed Telugu actor, writer, director, producer, and politician who also served as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for three terms. He starred in 274 Telugu films, 15 Tamil films, 3 Hindi films and considered the most prominent figure in the history of Telugu cinema. He has also received the prestigious Rashtrapati Award for his performance in films like “Raju Peda” (1954), and “Lava Kusa” (1963). He gained popularity in the 1950s with his portrayals of Hindu Gods like Krishna and Rama which made him a "messiah of the masses”. After an illustrious career in films, NTR entered politics. He founded the “Telugu Desam Party” (TDP) in 1982 and served three terms as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh between 1983 and 1995. At the national level, he was indispensable in the formation of the National Front, a coalition of non-Congress parties which governed India from 1989 until 1990. In the elections, the TDP won by an absolute majority by winning 199 out of the 294 seats in the state assembly, with NTR himself winning both the seats he contested. Their alliance with the “Sanjaya Vichara Manch” fetched them 202 seats and NTR was sworn in as the 10th and the first non-Congress Chief Minister of the state on 9 January, 1983 with ten cabinet ministers and five ministers of State. TDP also has the rare distinction of being the first regional party to become the main opposition party in Lok Sabha from 1984 to 1989.

  2. Harikrishna

    Nandamuri Harikrishna is an Indian film actor and politician, best known for his works in Telugu cinema as a child artist in the 60's. The “Anna Telugu Desam Party” (ATDP) was founded on January 26, 1999 by him and was a regional political party in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The Founders of the party Nandamuri Harikrishna & Polineni Venkatesan, joined Telugu Desam and were elected to Rajya Sabha. Nandamuri Harikrishna is currently serving as Rajya Sabha member. Though there is no existence of the party as the party didn't contest in any elections directly or indirectly after its massive defeat in 1999 state assembly elections. Harikrishna had been minister of transportation in Naidu's state cabinet and the president of the youth wing of TDP, Telugu Yuvatha. ATDP worked hard ahead of the 1999 Andhra Pradesh assembly elections. An electoral alliance was set up with Communist Party of India(Marxist) and Communist Party of India (who both had been TDP allies). In total ATDP launched 191 candidates, but the result was a complete disaster. The party got around 371718 votes (1.12% of the votes in the state), but could not win a single seat. In the Lok Sabha elections following the same year the party launched 20 candidates and got about 244045 votes (0.73% of the votes in the state) and no seat.

  3. Vijayashanthi

    Vijayashanti is an Indian film actress and politician who has acted in over 186 movies in seven languages including Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi and also popularly known as "The Lady Superstar" of South Indian cinema. She has won the National Film Award for Best Actress for “Karthavyam” in 1991 including five Filmfare Best Actress Awards in Telugu, four Nandi Awards and the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (South). She started her own political party, “Talli Telangana”, which was later merged into Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) due to lack of strength and support, in January 2009. In June 2009, she resigned from the post of secretary general of TRS, expressing solidarity with the resignation of Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao. In 2011, she submitted her resignation as an MP. Later she actively participated in Politics for separate Telangana state. She then went on to join Indian National Congress party on February 2014 after split with TRS chief KCR and contested to Loksabha elections 2014 on a congress ticket.

  4. Pawan Kalyan

    Power Star Pawan Kalyan is a popular film actor, director, screenwriter, stunt coordinator, writer, and politician who made his acting debut in 1996 Telugu film “Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi”. He is known for his works in Telugu films like “Suswagatham”, “Thammudu”,”Kushi”, “Gabbar Singh” for which he received the Filmfare Award for Best Actor in Telugu and “Attarintiki Daredi” which became the highest grossing Telugu film of all time. He was listed 26th in the Forbes India list of top 100 Celebrities of 2013. He founded a political party called “Jana Sena” on 14 March 2014. Jana Sena which means People’s Army in Telugu language. On March 10, 2014 he submitted an application for registering the party name. Pawan Kalyan formally launched the party at HICC (Hyderabad International Convention Centre). The party has been approved by the election commission on 11 December 2014 and will contest elections in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states for the upcoming local body elections.

    Pawan Kalyan
    Pawan Kalyan
  5. Chiranjeevi

    Megastar Chiranjeevi is a renowned Telugu actor, dancer, producer, singer, voice artist, politician, and member of the Indian National Congress. In a film career spanning thirty five years, he has won 4 state Nandi Awards and 9 Filmfare Awards including the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award South. In 2013, IBN LIVE named the Padma Bhushan recipient as one of "The men who changed the face of the Indian Cinema”. In 2008, Chiranjeevi started “Praja Rajyam”, a political party in the state of Andhra Pradesh. At the launch, he stated that social justice was the main agenda of his party. In the 2009 general elections, the party won 18 of the 295 seats in the Andhra Pradesh State Assembly. He contested from both Tirupati and Palakollu Constituencies for MLA in the 2009 general elections, winning in Tirupati but losing out in Palakollu, in West-Godavari district. On 6 February 2011, the actor turned politician merged the 30-month-old Praja Rajyam Party with the Indian National Congress, after two weeks of talks with Sonia Gandhi, the president of the Congress, which feared the no confidence motion in the state assembly in the wake of the emergence of Jagan Mohan Reddy's YSR Congress Party and the stronghold of the Telangana agitation. After more than one year of merging his party into Congress, he was nominated to Rajya Sabha on 29 March 2012. He got elected and took the oath as a Rajya Sabha member on 3 April 2012. He was the Minister of State within dependent charge for the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

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