While booths in Bandra, Juhu, Malabar Hill and Peddar Road are usually seen teeming with celebrities on election day, several familiar faces were missing this time around.
While Bollywood actors Sushma Reddy and Purab Kohli sent out personal messages to people urging them to go out and vote, prominent stars such as Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra did not turn up as they were out of the city for shooting.
Jaya Bachchan was the only member of the Bachchan family to turned up at the Jamnabai Narsee booth at Juhu.
Amitabh Bachchan recently underwent an abdominal surgery and is recuperating at a hospital.
“I never deliberately miss a chance to come out and vote else I do not have the right to complain,” said actor Anupam Kher, who cast his vote at a polling booth in Juhu.
Shah Rukh Khan, film director Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra, singer Pandit Jasraj, Mahesh Manjrekar, Goldie Behl, Sonali Bendre, Poonam Sinha along with son Kush also cast their vote in Bandra and Juhu.
Poet and lyricist Gulzar had to return to his Pali Hill residence without casting his vote after he failed to find his name on the list at the St Anne’s school booth.
“I waited for over an hour for people to find my name on the list, but it was of no use,” he said.
Some of the south Mumbai celebrities who turned up for voting, expressed concern over the low turnout.
HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh, a resident of Peddar Road, said he was disappointed. “The educated class of the society is not turning up. We should vote for the city which still lacks basic infrastructure,” he said.
Film-maker Kiran Shantaram also appealed the citizens to vote. “People show a lot of activism, but when it comes to exercising the democratic right and vote, they do not come forward,” he said.
Music composer and activist Vishal Dadlani who voted in south Mumbai said one vote could change a lot of things. “The city is growing randomly without any planning. There is lack of basic infrastructure — from water to roads everything is in bad shape. One should vote to change this,” he said.