And­Now,aHome Pro­duc­tion from MPs

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It is not sur­pris­ing that canny film pro­duc­ers post­poned their ma­jor re­leases slated for May 16. They had cor­rectly di­vined that the block­buster called Lok Sabha 2014 would dwarf all oth­ers.Their­cau­tion­has­been­vin­di­catedas­thereiss­carcelyas­tar in Bol­ly­wood, Kol­ly­wood, Tol­ly­wood or even Hol­ly­wood who would­care­tochance­hisorher­handa­gain­stNaren­draModiin terms of box-of­fice draw for at least the next fort­night in In­dia. And­nowthatRa­jinikan­th­hasal­sode­claredthewin­ner,thereis even less chance of an­other con­tender for the max­i­mum au­di­ence. And the star cast of the Lok Sabha is for­mi­da­ble, hark­ing back to the multi-star­rers of the 1970s and 1980s. That many of ac­tor-MPs also hail from that era seems al­most fit­ting, from Hema Malini and Sha­trughan Sinha to Vinod Khanna, with even a char­ac­ter ac­tor, Paresh Rawal, to round out the cast. Along with Babul Supriyo for play­back singing, the Ben­gal con­tri­bu­tion also can­not be de­nied, from megas­tar Dev to vet­er­ans Shatabdi Roy, Tapas Pal and yes­ter­year’s Moon MoonSen.AsRekha,Sm­ri­tiIra­niandMithunChakrabort­yare al­ready in the Ra­jya Sabha, it would be a shame to let such histri­onic tal­ents be used solely for po­lit­i­cal bat­tles. Since the Lok Sabha and Ra­jya Sabha have their own TV chan­nels, maybe a movie or two may be con­sid­ered in the next five years?

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