You may not have heard of Sadananda, Kaiku, Gung and Kamala, Binata and Manda but this gang of six comprises some of the top stars in the video film industry in Manipur. With the ongoing ninth Assembly elections, political parties are making a beeline for them to woo the electorate. And none of the artistes are complaining.
It’s for the first time that Manipuri filmstars have campaigned for the political parties. Some of the top stars had campaigned ahead of the first two phases (February 8 and 14). Political parties are again falling over each other to use their star value during the campaign ahead of the last phase on February 23. But quite unlike their Mumbai counterparts, filmstars are campaigning for more than one political party. It could be for a fee, for friendship and for not wanting to annoy underground elements.
If the same star is campaigning for different political parties, the campaigns are held at different places. Kamala, a top actress, has campaigned for three parties, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Manipur People’s Party and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Kaiku, another top actor, said that he did campaign for the RJD, NCP and the Congress but he did so because the candidates were his friends.