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India polls: Bollywood turns political in election season

Published on Apr 11, 2014 3:50 PM
 
Indian Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan poses for a photograph during a promotional event for the forthcoming Hindi film Bhoothnath Returns directed by Nitesh Tiwari in Mumbai on March 22, 2014. Better known for its romantic escapism, Bollywood is releasing a series of political satires during India's election season that poke fun at corrupt lawmakers and religious tensions. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MUMBAI (AFP) - Better known for its romantic escapism, Bollywood is releasing a series of political satires during India's election season that poke fun at corrupt lawmakers and religious tensions.

Featuring a goat, a ghost and a disputed dead body, three upcoming releases are aimed at making voters think before they cast their ballots - although none refers directly to real-life candidates.

In family entertainer "Bhoothnath Returns", opening on Friday, Bollywood's biggest legend Amitabh Bachchan plays a friendly ghost who takes on an evil and corrupt local politician at the polls.

The comedy horror film "gives a serious message of voting through its storyline", Mr Bachchan told the Press Trust of India news agency.

 
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