6 Sandalwood Actors-Turned-Politicians You Should Know About

Here are a few actors who ventured into politics from cinema



As we’re all talking about Kurukshetra, what makes this film more special is that this was the last film that actor-politician Ambareesh was a part of before his death. He plays the role of Bheeshma, who is known for his celibacy, and has done a remarkable job in the same. Ambareesh was not only a versatile actor but also a well-known figure in the political world.

The Hrudaya Bandhana ‘rebel star’ known for his trademark pose of standing with a cigarette in many films, entered politics in the year 1998. He soon became an MLA in the Indian National Congress and then the Minister of Housing in the state of Karnataka.

Here are a few other Sandalwood actors who took a step forward into politics and worked for the betterment of the Janata!


Famous Kannada actress Shruti has done over 160 films in the Kannada industry alone. She is best known for films in Kannada, as well as Malayalam industry. She has had outstanding performance in films like Aagatha, Rama Shama Bhama, Puttukhana Highway and so on. Her political career began in 2008. She was made the chairperson of the Karnataka Women and Child Development Corporation, and in 2013, she joined the Karnataka Janata Paksh.

Malavika Avinash 

She is best known for her roles in Cyanide, Munjane and Mr. and Mrs. Ramchari. Malavika entered politics while campaigning for the late Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushma Swaraj. She joined the BJP in 2013 and is currently a member of the BJP’s Mahila Morcha.

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The actress who is known for her comic roles in the Sandalwood industry, began her career in 1984 where she won an award for her performance for the film Anubhava. She then entered the serious world of politics, where she became an MLA in the year 2013 for Indian National Congress Party. Currently, the Minister of Women and Child development mainly, she has proven to be successful in both acting as well as the political world.


Born as Divya Spandana, Ramya entered the Sandalwood industry in the year 2003. She made her presence felt most in films like Amrithadare, Jothe Jotheyali and Nagahavaru. Ramya entered politics and joined the India Youth Congress in 2012. In 2013, she won the by-elections and became a Member of Parliament. On October 3, 2018, there was speculation that she had stepped down as their social media head.



Bhavana Ramanna:

Bhavana Ramanna, born as Nandini Ramanna, is a multi-talented actress-dancer-politician who last acted in 2016. While her first film was in Tulu, she was well known in the Kannada industry and was seen in a couple of Tamil films as well. Currently, she is a part of the Congress party.

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