Saturday, June 21, 2014

“Are Film Stars Jokers in the Pack in the Hands of Politicians?” - Professor M.S.Rao

“One quality of leaders and high achievers in every area seems to be a commitment to ongoing personal and professional development.” - Brian Tracy

Like any other profession, film stars also are also ambitious to serve people to excel as politicians. When we look at most film stars who entered into politics they failed to excel due to various reasons. Most times they are used like jokers in the pack by politicians with exceptions of N.T. Rama Rao and M.G. Ramachandran who became chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu respectively. Let us look at the reasons in this regard.

Most film stars are blessed with charisma and communication skills. Since they belong to the film industry they know the knack of delivering dialogues and punches effectively. They know how to impress their audiences. They enter into politics as they are known to people through cinema. Most of the film stars and sportspersons especially from cricket in India are well known to people. Politicians want to exploit the screen presence of these film stars and their visibility to get votes. Therefore, they approach film stars to join their political parties. These film stars also join political parties to serve people to grow as political leaders. But most of them fail as they don’t have political acumen and tact and diplomacy which are keys to their success in politics. They are straightforward and they often crave for claps from people rather than to understand the underneath political dynamics. Politicians are happy with them as these film stars are able to attract audiences to get votes who finally enjoy political power. Once politicians accomplish their political objectives, they keep film stars away from politics except inviting them for political campaigning and public functions. This is how things go on where politicians use film stars as jokers in the pack of cards. Hence, film stars must understand the games in politics and must reinvent themselves to become politically mature to evolve as successful politicians.  They must actively associate with people to connect with them to understand their problems and address them earnestly. They must voice the challenges of the people appropriately from time to time. They must treat politics as a full-time job rather than as a part-time job. In this way, they can constantly stay in touch with people and enjoy political positions to lead the country. Once people are constantly in touch with them, they don’t have to worry much about politicians.

“No one can ever reach to excellence in any one art or profession without having passed through the slow and painful process of study and preparation.” – Horace

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