Quint essential Bollywood mummy Kirron Kher, 61, the BJP candidate, is all eager to begin her day, even when the sun is not out. However, the days’ personal and professional boundaries are strictly drawn.
Party workers are welcome to meet and brief her, but not at the Sector-8 house where she is staying. Even the Chandigarh Police security is left at the party office in Sector 33 when she heads for a break. During the day, local unit president Sanjay Tandon accompanies Kirron. She attends 10-14 meetings in a day.
Kirron starts with morning tea, chit-chat with father and sister. She perfor ms her 20-minute prayer.
10.30AM: Before the campaigning, it’s time to munch a banana. “It keeps me going,” she says with a smile.
Reaches Punjab and Haryana high court along with Tandon and senior leader Satya Pal Jain. Clad in an unadorned beige suit and silver sandals, she knows exactly when to roll back her eyes and when to flash a smile. Heavy jewellery and heavy make-up has been given the go by.
Soon after coming out of the HC, Kirron disappears for about half an hour to an undisclosed destination for a break.
2.15 PM: She reappears rejuvenated at Hotel Shivalikview in Sector 17 to meet traders, with her hair let loose this time. She attacks rivals on failure to undertake development issues and to project herself as “Chandigarh di kudi (the local girl).
She interrupts the traders as she notices Madan Gulati of Gulati showroom in Sector 17 and recalls how she used to buy stuff from his shop. “Aao japhi pao mainu (Come, give me a hug)”.
The actress rushed to Sector 43 hotel to attend a programme organised by the party’s Schedule Caste and Scheduled Tribes cell. She notices Nik Bakers and admires the shop for its stuff. “I cannot resist the tikki, chat and chole kulche.” Tending to herself in the car, Kirron quickly gives a touch up to her makeup.
Soon after stepping out, she greets people with folded hands. She switches to Hindustani. “Aaj mein aapse mukhatib hoon. Mujh adna si cheez ke liye vote dijiye (Today I have presented myself before you, please vote from my humble self).” She is closely guarded by the youth brigade of BJP.
She again rushes for a 45-minute break to return for addressing a rally in Sector 25 after donning a green and black Punjabi suit with a blend of oxidised earrings and bracelet. Kirron hugs women of the area and flashes smiles. With moist eyes, she says, “Garib pista jaata hai, aapki sunwai nischit hogi isbaar. (The poor are always crushed.”)
She again takes a 45-minute break for evening tea and comes back to crowded Kajheri. Dwellers rush to get their pictures clicked, shake hands and even take autograph, the demand which she does not turn down.
7 PM- 9.30PM:
Kirron interacts with artistes at Kala Bhawan in Sector 16, before heading for a meeting at the BJP office. After the meeting she calls it a day.