Many movie types are trying their luck in West Bengal politics this time. We have Bappi Lahiri, the pyar-bina-chain-kahan-re singer who won’t step out without wearing multiple chains around his neck, and Babul Supriyo, a much younger singer who approaches voters with folded hands and the lovey-dovey line, ‘Kaho na pyaar hain’. Some Bengalis who don’t much care for Bollywood hear him wrong. “Vyapaar hain?” they ask, incredulously. “How can anyone be so truthful?”
This konto shilpi was on the run after a Trinamool Congress worker accused him of carrying a gun. He surrendered like a good citizen, and has now hit the campaign trail, where he also hopes to hit the right notes. “I thought Didi liked my songs,” Supriyo said, unhappy about the police case. Well, bulbul, now you know what she thinks of your songs. Both Bappi-da and Supriyo-da are BJP candidates.
The other big name who wants to go to the Lok Sabha is Moon Moon Sen, whose beauteous cinematic presence reportedly inspires many men to moon moon. She hopes to win a seat for Mamata Banerjee, fan of her illustrious mom Suchitra Sen. Good that Moon Moon is in Bengali and not Tamil politics, because the DMK, which goes sun sun, would never have given her a ticket. Politics is so sweet in the East, you say? Oh man, stop going mishti-eyed.