Political parties always find it tough to showcase numbers in their rallies and meetings during campaigning, and it was no different this time, with severe heatwave sweeping the country.
But 'help' from Bollywood was never far away. So, almost all parties have lent a dash of Bollywood by either making film personalities campaign for them or, even better, fielding them.
While most members of the film fraternity have confined themselves to campaigning, some also turned out to contest the elections.
BJP's Shatrughan Sinha and Vinod Khanna are contesting from Patna Sahib and Gurdaspur respectively while former Samajwadi party MP Raj Babbar is trying his luck from Fatehpur as a Congress candidate.
The current election is also witness to these stars being pitted against each other.
Actor Shekhar Suman has been fielded by Congress against Sinha.
Sanjay Dutt's dreams of contesting the Lok Sabha election though fell flat after the Supreme Court rejected his petition to stay his sentence of six years imprisonment under the Arms Act. Samajwadi party then 'compensated' him by making him the General Secretary of the party. Dutt is also campaigning for party candidates in Thane district of Maharashtra.
Dutt, however, he refrained from canvassing for SP leader Abu Asim Azmi in Mumbai North-West constituency, which borders his sister Priya Dutt's Mumbai North-Central.