Vijaya Santhi, who kick-started the action-heroine cult movies, will now try election stunts in the constituency that once elected India’s “iron lady” Indira Gandhi to Lok Sabha.
Santhi, who has acted in about 200 films and won National Award in 1990 for her power-packed performance as a tough cop in the film ‘Karthavyam´ (Tejaswini in Hindi), is not new to politics though.
She took the plunge into politics in late 1990s by joining the BJP, whose women’s wing she served as secretary.
She, however, quit the BJP and launched her political outfit ‘Talli Telangana´ a few years ago to fight for separate Telangana cause.
As the party failed to take off, she merged the outfit with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) recently and managed to secure the Medak seat.
The parliamentary constituency, neighbouring Hyderabad, is considered a safe bet for her as the ‘sentiment´ in favour of separate Telangana state is strong in the region.
Luckily for her, the ruling Congress has fielded a political novice C Narendranath, a real estate businessman, from the constituency.