With the Assembly polls round the corner, even stars have stars in their eyes as they hope to launch their political careers.
The state is witnessing hectic lobbying for tickets to contest the October 13 Assembly elections and political parties are seeing stars line up outside their offices.
From actors Nagma and Ketaki Dave to former cricketer Vinod Kambli — a host of celebrities want to represent Mumbai in the 36 Assembly seats of the Maharashtra state legislature.
Celebrities like Nagma and Kambli want to revive their careers. Political parties too are willing to take them in the fold. Apart from loyalty to the party, the winning ability of the aspirant is also being considered while selecting nominees.
While Nagma is said to have staked her claim for the Malad (West) assembly constituency, actor Kunika Lal wants to contest from either the Versova or Andheri seat.
Dave wants to contest from the Borivli constituency.
The Third Front has given cricketer Vinod Kambli a ticket to contest the elections from Vikhroli. The 37-year-old is a member of the Lok Bharti Party, which is part of the 16-party Third Front. “I have launched my political career from the same ground (Shivaji Park) where I practised day and night for my cricket,” said Kambli. “I will definitely hit fours and sixes in the field of politics too.”
Age is another factor that is leading to the introduction of new faces. Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray has said that he wants to encourage young faces.
Marathi television actor Aadesh Bandekar and singer Abhijit Sawant have joined the Sena, but it is still not known if they plan to contest the polls.