Marathi cinestar Bharat Jadhav has addressed an election rally in support of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) candidate Chandrakant More from Kalina Assembly seat.
"Enough of promises for the last 40 years by rulers of the day. Now we want a change and we will get that positive change by supporting Raj Thackeray," Jadhav told cheering supporters here last night.
"Raj Thackeray has a 'blueprint' ready for the development of Maharashtra, particularly, Mumbai," he said.
More is pitted against formidable Mumbai Congress President Kripa Shankar Singh and BJP's Dinanath Tiwari.
Jadhav, a household name amongst Marathi theatre lovers, has acted in scores of plays and films.
Some of his well-known films include 'Jatra' with Shreyas Talpade, 'Bharat ala Parat', 'Mumbaicha Dabawala' and 'Mukkam Post London'. 'Sahi re Sahi' and 'Damodar Pant' are his famous stage shows.
The actor, who is a cardholder of the MNS, has so far addressed nearly a dozen meetings in support of party candidates in Mumbai.
Jadhav said people who have the time and inclination to serve the public should contest elections; otherwise their fate would be like actor-turned-former Congress-MP Govinda.
On Marathi TV actor Aadesh Bandekar, Shiv Sena candidate from Mahim here, Jadhav said he wouldn't campaign for the fellow actor.
"I am not going to canvass for Aadesh, though we belong to the same fraternity. I am an MNS member and he is my rival," he later told PTI.
He said there are many artistes from the film and theatre fraternity who whole-heartedly support the MNS and would vote for the party, but declined to divulge their names.
Close watchers of the election feel that More may eat into a large chunk of traditional Shiv Sena votes, thereby denting Tiwari's chances.
Besides, north Indians residing in the constituency are expected to throw their weight behind Singh, which is likely to further impair Tiwari's electoral prospects.
In this triangular contest, Congress' Singh holds the edge, as he appears set to benefit from the Sena-MNS fight.