New Delhi: He may be a little late but actor Shah Rukh Khan has finally responded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to prominent Indian celebrities to help spread voting awareness. On Monday, Khan came out with a minute-long song and video titled Karo Matdan (Go vote) encouraging people to cast their vote in the Lok Sabha elections and help decide the future of the country.
“PM sahib @narendramodi ne creativity ki liye bola tha. Main thoda late ho gaya video banane mein...aap mat hona Vote karne mein!!! (PM Narendra Modi had requested creativity. I’m a little late in coming up with the video but you shouldn’t be, in voting) ‘Voting is not only our Right, it is our Power.’ Please Use It. Thank u to @tanishkbagchi @abbyviral @parakramsinghr," Khan tweeted.
Last month, Modi had tweeted out to prominent people, including movie stars, cricketers, industrialists, journalists, spiritual gurus and even rival politicians, to encourage Indians to vote in large numbers in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
“Urging @SrBachchan, @iamsrk and @karanjohar to creatively ensure high voter awareness and participation in the coming elections. Because...it’s all about loving your democracy (and strengthening it)," Modi had tweeted to Khan, actor Amitabh Bachchan and filmmaker Karan Johar playing on the tagline of their popular film Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, ‘It’s all about loving your parents.’
Johar and Bachchan had responded to the tweet soon after.
Of late, Bollywood has found much favour with the corridors of political power. The tax on movie tickets was brought down to 18% from 28% this December while a delegation of young stars including Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Rajkummar Rao, Varun Dhawan and others met the PM earlier this year to discuss possibilities for strengthening the movie industry.