As children, we often wrote imaginative pieces on what would we do if we became the prime minister to encourage debates and explore innovative ideas. Taking a cue from that practice and in the wake of the upcoming Lok Sabha election, HT asks celebrities to list out their plans and priorities while imagining themselves to be in the shoes of an MP.
Who is your favourite politician, and why?
In the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, Narendra Modi seems an interesting politician to me. I like his conduct in public speeches. Being from a theatre background, I believe in good performance and Modi being a good orator performs well in public.
Which politician do you think is most well-dressed?
Shashi Tharoor — I like the way he carries himself, and Rahul Gandhi, who has the simplicity in his attire that makes him approachable.
What would be your work timings?
My work timings would be from 9am to 8pm as rest of the time I would like to analyse my daily performance in public service so that I could work better the next day.
What would be your USP as an MP?
I would stand by what I say. I do not believe in making false promises. I would be honest to myself and the people of the country by following what I say. The public gets fascinated by those who speak more but eventually gets disheartened by their false promises. Initially, even if they hate me, they would later like me for my honesty.
Would you want personal security?
When I was a child I hated when we were made to wait on roads when the convoy of the ministers passed. So as an MP I would make sure that I do not become a cause of inconvenience to the common man.
Which Bollywood actor would you rope in to campaign for you?
Aamir Khan as he is the most dedicated, committed and honest actor in the industry. After ‘Satyamev Jayate’ he has proved his concern on various issues and has become a public figure.
Which car would you travel in?
As MPs have to travel a lot, the SUV earned by me would be comfortable.
What would you wear if you became an MP?
I would like to look nice with a subtle make-up and Indian attire full of life. The clothes I wear would be colourful and classy as it is important for a politician to look nice. People love to meet you if you carry yourself well and have a positive aura.
What will be your pitch to connect with the youth?
The youth is the future of the country. Thus I would meet them at least twice a month. I would visit educational institutes where I would know their problems and try to address them.
How will you inspire the youth to go out and vote?
Failure of the system and breaking of promises have made the youth step back. But the NOTA and a revolutionary outlook that has come into politics is attracting them. My work will awaken them and they will vote automatically.
What would be your slogan and symbol?
My slogan would be ‘Nothing is impossible, so make a difference’ and the symbol would be the pen as it is mightier than the sword and denotes power, honesty, struggle, education and empowerment in the real sense.
Issues you would like to raise in Parliament.
To bring reforms in the education sector and make sure the youth is imparted the same education in government and private schools. Our law is weak as it takes decades to provide justice. I would work towards reviewing this and make sure strict punishment is handed out to ensure women’s safety.