Bollywood’s famous actor Sunny Deol joined the ruling BJP, days after he met with party president Amit Shah. He is likely to be the BJP candidate from Gurdaspur in Punjab. “Like my father joined Atal Bihari Vajpayee, I have decided to go with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I want PM Modi for the next five years,” said the actor in a short speech.
Welcoming him to the party, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman referred to his blockbuster 1997 movie “Border” based on an episode from the India-Pakistan of 1971. “Sunny Deol made the film Border which showed how the feeling of nationalism and patriotism when portrayed beautifully on film can touch a cord with the people,” Ms Sitharaman said.
Sunny Deol, 62, is best known for his action hero roles in films like “Ghayal”, “Gadar: Ek Prem Katha”, “Damini” and “Border”.
He is the third Deol to join politics – and the BJP – after Dharmendra and his wife Hema Malini, also veteran actors.