Bollywood actor Sunny Deol clocked an impressive victory in Punjab’s Gurdaspur constituency, winning by more than 80,000 votes.
A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stronghold, there’s another unique trend this seat follows—a Bollywood star has held it for over two decades now. It was represented by the actor-turned-politician Vinod Khanna from 1998 until his death in 2017.
Last month, Deol’s father Dharmendra had said he would not have let Deol run had he known he was up against Sunil Jakhar because he held Jakhar’s father Balram in high regard. But, once the results came in, Dharmendra took to Twitter to congratulate his son.
Hema Malini, Deol’s stepmother and a Bollywood veteran, was re-elected in the Mathura constituency, from where she won in 2014 as well, with more than 60% of votes.
The winning streak continued with another celebrity—from outside moviedom. Former cricketer Gautum Gambhir clocked a big win during his electoral debut in the East Delhi constituency. He had retired from all forms of cricket in December 2014 before joining the Narendra Modi-led party in mid-March this year.
The star losers
Shatrugan Sinha, who just switched from a long-term affiliation with BJP to the Congress in April, lost to Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Urmila Matondkar, after losing in the Mumbai North region, alleged electronic voting machine (EVM) fraud in Magathane. “On the form of EVM 17C from Magathane, the signatures and the machine numbers are different. A complaint has been filed with the Election Commission,” she tweeted.
South star Prakash Raj, who ran as an independent candidate from Bengaluru Central, called his loss a slap on his face.