Bollywood fraternity took to Twitter to congratulate Prime Minister Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party on his landslide win for the second term in the Lok Sabha elections. Veteran singer Asha Bhosle joined Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, his wife Twinkle Khanna, Varun Dhawan and Karan Johar, among others, who hailed Modi’s victory.
“Many congratulations to the Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi on your decisive victory,” Salman Khan tweeted. “We stand by you in building a stronger India.”
Anupam Kher, whose wife Kirron Kher, won the Chandigarh constituency by a margin of roughly 5000 votes against Congress’ Pawan Kumar Bansal, tweeted: “"This is not only the ‘mood of the nation’. It is actually MODI OF THE NATION.”
Veteran singer Asha Bhosle tweeted that the Indian electorate has voted wisely. “Congratulations to Honourable PM Modi, NDA and all BJP party cadres who have worked tirelessly to take our country into a Golden Age that is long overdue. Jai Hind.”
Paresh Rawal tweetd: “Had said earlier and will repeat again — Sardar Patel had Unified India and Narendra Modi will not let it disintegrate. Relax India, we are truly in safe hands.”
Shah Rukh Khan congratulated Modi for leading the Bharatiya Janata Party to a landslide victory. "We - as proud Indians - have chosen an establishment with great clarity and now we need to get behind it and work with it to have our hopes and dreams fulfilled. The Electoral Mandate and Democracy is a winner. Big congratulations to PM Narendra Modi ji, BJP and its leaders," the actor tweeted.
Twinkle Khanna, who is not known to shy away from criticizing Modi, in a tweet, lauded his win. “Congratulations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP on their sweeping victory. Democracy must always be celebrated” she wrote. “Here’s to our India that I hope becomes synonymous with inclusivity, harmony and development.” Khanna, who goes by the alias Mrs.Funnybones, recently took a dig at Modi's meditation post by sharing her own photo where she’s seen meditating.
Earlier, her husband, Akshay Kumar, who interviewed Modi in an informal setting before the elections began, wrote: “Heartiest congratulations Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modiji on the historic win. All your efforts to advance the nation and put it on the global map have been acknowledged. Wishing you an even more successful second term.”
Actor Vivek Oberoi, who stars as the prime minister in the biopic “PM Narendra Modi,” which released on May 24, said: “Congratulations to Naya Bharat for giving a historic victory to Narendra Modiji! Today democracy has won and a progressive and united India has won. We are so proud to have Bharat’s asli hero as our PM again. We are all with you in your mission to make ‘Ek Bharat, Shresht Bharat.’”
Actress Kangana Ranaut also joined in congratulating the prime minister. In the post shared by her team, she can be seen cooking pakodas and enjoying them with her family. “What Modi Ji stands for are very strong set of ideas, vision and strength of human ambition,” she captioned the photo. “It needs a headstrong nation to be in sync with future possibilities of greatness. Where we stand today, to even dream of a glorious tomorrow needs audacity. We as a nation are ready for it with Modi Ji. There's nothing more precious than it. I'm over the moon today, literally,” she wrote.
Among those taking to Twitter to praise Modi’s win was director Anurag Kashyap, who is said to be a staunch critic of the prime minister. Kashyap was among over a 100 signatories to a joint statement which appealed to Indians to "defeat the forces of darkness and barbarism" by not voting for the BJP and its allies. “Dear @narendramodi sir. Congratulations on your victory and thank you for the message of inclusiveness," Kashyap tweeted. But also included was a screenshot of a profanity-filled rape threat in Hindi posted on his daughter Aaliyah Kashyap's Instagram account. “Please also tell us how do we deal with these followers of yours who celebrate your victory by threatening my daughter with messages like this for me being your dissenter,” he wrote.
Others who tweeted congratulatory messages to Modi included Varun Dhawan, Rajinikanth, Karan Johar, Juhi Chawla, Ajay Devgn and Anil Kapoor.
“Respected dear @narendramodiji hearty congratulations ... You made it !!! God bless.” Rajinikath said. “The people have spoken, and India has chosen its leader,” Karan Johar tweeted. “Congratulations Honourable. Prime Minister Narendra Modi for your historic win… Please accept my best wishes for your continued strength and success in performing the duties of this all-important office.”
However, The Hollywood Reporter says that not everyone everybody in the film fraternity was enthusiastic about Modi’s win. “Many in the country's indie film community [have been] fiercely opposing his leadership and considering the BJP a right-wing Hindu nationalist party responsible for fueling a polarized political atmosphere,” it said.
Tamil filmmaker Sanal Sasidharan, in a lengthy Facebook post on May 23, said one of the reasons for Modi’s win is the huge gap beyween common people and intellectuals now. “There is no point in blaming political parties alone for this massacre of democracy,” he wrote. In a separate post on May 24, he lauded Tamil cinema for helping “to prevent the Hindutva party from getting hold in the state. We have to learn how the Tamil commercial cinema is effectively using the popular medium to change people progressively.”
Joining Sasidharan in his criticism for Modi was filmmaker Anand Patwardhan, who, in a Facebook post, asked: "Shall we celebrate the victory of the ideology that killed Mahatma Gandhi?" He was alluding to the fact that one of the BJP's winning candidates, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, said at an election rally that Nathuram Godse, the man who assassinated Gandhi in 1948, was "a patriot and will remain a patriot." The comment sparked a massive outcry, which led the BJP to condemn her statement, and even Modi spoke out that he would "never be able to forgive" Thakur for what she said.
Making a mark were a host of Bollywood celebrities who contested the elections across the country. Locket Chatterjee, Kirron Kher, Hema Malini and Sunny Deol won seats for the BJP, but Shatrughan Sinha quit the BJP and joined the Congress, but could not retain his Patna Sahib seat. Luck did not favor Congress candidate Urmila Matondkar, who lost her from Mumbai North region. South star Prakash Raj, who ran as an independent candidate from Bengaluru Central, called his loss a slap on his face.
According to a Times of India report, Bengali actress Chatterjee was leading from West Bengal’s Hooghly constituency with 671,448 votes against Congress candidate Ratna De. Hema Malini won the Mathura Lok Sabha seat by a margin of 2,93,471 votes, making it her second consecutive win in the coutry’s Hindi heartland. Meanwhile, her stepson, Sunny Deol, who contested for the first time for a BJP ticket from Punjab’s Gurdaspur constituency, won by more than 80,000 votes.
But it was not just Bollywood actors who made headlines with their impressive wins. Former cricketer Gautum Gambhir won a seat for the BJP in East Delhi constituency.