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Siren sizzles on Amma's cast

Polls are all about generous help from tinseltown stars. And Jaya seems to have plenty of it, writes GC Shekhar.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 17:22 IST
GC Shekhar
GC Shekhar

Elections are all about luck and generous help from stars... The one of the tinsel kind. And Jayalalithaa seems to have got plenty of the latter.

She lined up a galaxy of them on Monday. But it was Simran — Tamil cinema's sizzler, now on a sabbatical after marriage and motherhood — who stole the show.

Simran spoke just three sentences. And they were instant hits. "Vote for the leaves (AIADMK's symbol). There is no water problem and we have good roads. So let Amma's rule continue." The crowd whistled, cheered and went into raptures.

Why? For they had come to see her and not to hear her speak.

More than 5,000 people lined up the narrow street at Tondiarpet, a bustling locality of North Chennai to get a glimpse of the star.

The reactions were a gamut of emotions. "She looks prettier on screen. But I was happy to see her in person as she used to be my favourite heroine," said Muthuraja, an autorickshaw driver.

Asked if Simran's campaign would lure him to vote for the AIADMK, he was blunt: "How can our votes be decided by what film stars say?"

Despite the disparaging remarks, the AIADMK is banking heavily on actors, mostly retired and semi-employed, to give the star-spangled edge to its campaign.

Simran, a svelte Punjabi beauty from Delhi who ruled Tamil and Telugu cinema from 1997 till she married her childhood friend two years ago, led the pack.

She was joined by comedians Senthil, Kovai Sarala, actor Vijayakumar, hero Murali, leading lady Vindhya and several others.

First Published: Apr 12, 2006 17:22 IST