TN, Kerala assembly polls: Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Mammootty vote

  • Agencies, Chennai
  • Updated: May 16, 2016 15:45 IST
A host of actors and stars from the Tamil and Malayalam film industries came out to vote during the state assembly polls. Seen here, actor Kamal Haasan with family at the voting booth. (V Srinivasulu/HT Photo)

Stars from Tamil and Malayalam film industries took time out of their busy schedules to cast their vote on Monday in the ongoing Tamil Nadu and Kerala legislative assembly elections.

While Rajinikanth cast his vote at Stella Maris College, Ajith along with his wife Shalini exercised their franchise at government school on Kuppam Beach Road. After casting his vote, Rajinikanth said, “Everyone should vote, that is a duty.”

Ajith casts his vote during the assembly elections on Monday. (Twitter)

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Kamal Haasan, who had earlier said he might miss voting due to the shoot of his upcoming trilingual film Sabaash Naidu, stayed back to cast his vote at Corporation School in Teynampet. “We have done our duty, hope the others have also done,” the actor said after casting his vote.

Haasan was joined by his younger daughter Akshara.

Kamal Haasan poses with his daughter Aksharaa Haasan in Chennai. (AFP)

Actor Suriya skipped voting as he could not return from the US, where he had gone with his family for a holiday. In a statement, Suriya apologised for being not able to present to cast his vote. Other actors who cast their vote include Jiiva and Vidharth.

Meanwhile, big stars from the Malayalam film industry too voted in the Kerala assembly polls on Monday. Superstar Mammootty, his actor son Dulquar Salmaan and actor and BJP Rajya Sabha member Suresh Gopi were among the celebrities who made a beeline to polling stations and cast their votes.

Mammootty and Dulquar came separately and cast their votes at a polling station in Panampally Nagar in Ernakulam district, while Suresh Gopi got his finger inked at a booth here in the morning and said expectations were ‘sky high’ for the saffron party.

Posting the picture of his inked finger on Facebook, Dulquar urged everyone to exercise their franchise, saying that it is “our right and our responsibility”. “The only ink you need! Go Vote! It’s our right and our responsibility!! You’re not cool if you don’t vote!,” his FB post said.

When Mammootty was asked whom he would vote for, the actor smiled off and urged everyone to exercise their voting rights. “You people should also vote”, he told media personnel.

Actor Mukesh, seeking his electoral luck from Kollam constituency as the LDF candidate, stood in the queue along with other voters and cast his vote.

Exuding confidence, another actor candidate Jagdeesh, who is contesting on a Congress ticket from Pathanapuram, said after seeing the long queue, he was confident of poll victory for the party.

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