Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone and others cast their vote in Mumbai

It was Akshay Kumar’s first time voting as he became an Indian citizen recently after renouncing his Canadian citizenship
Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone and others cast their vote in Mumbai

The Hindi film industry came out to cast their vote in Mumbai on Monday. Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Ranbir Kapoor, Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor, among others were seen stepping out to exercise their right to vote for Lok Sabha Elections 2024.

Many of them took to social media to post their pictures and urged citizens to go out to vote. Polling was underway since 7 am in 13 Lok Sabha constituencies of Maharashtra, including six in Mumbai.

Shah Rukh Khan arrived at the polling booth along with his wife Gauri Khan and sons Aryan Khan and Abram Khan. Earlier, he had taken to twitter to make an appeal to everyone to carry out their democratic right. He wrote, “As responsible Indian citizens we must exercise our right to vote this Monday in Maharashtra. Let’s carry out our duty as Indians and vote keeping our country’s best interests in mind. Go forth, Promote our right to Vote.”

Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan arrived in the afternoon to cast their vote.

Akshay voted for the first time since receiving Indian citizenship, as he was a Canadian citizen before. Speaking to PTI, he said, “I want my India to be developed and strong and I have kept these things in my mind when I went to cast my vote, and all the Indians should think what is right for them and vote.”

Aamir Khan was reportedly shooting for his film, Sitaare Zameen Par in Delhi and came back to Mumbai to cast his vote. He went to the voting booth along with filmmaker Kiran Rao and his kids, Junaid Khan and Ira Khan.

Farhan Akthar queued up at a polling station in Bandra West to cast his vote. He told PTI, “My vote is for good governance, the government that looks after all people, gives us a better city.” The actor-filmmaker also urged youngsters to step out and vote as he added, "I just heard from somebody that young people are complaining that it's too hot but it's not hot at all, so please do step out, do vote.” He was accompanied by his sister filmmaker Zoya Akhtar and mother Honey Irani.

Later, Tabu was also seen showing her inked finger to the paparazzi.

Hrithik Roshan went with his family to vote as he posted a photo from the polling booth on X. He wrote in the caption, “Go vote. Make sure you have studied the candidates first. Know who you are voting for.”

Anil Kapoor said it was his duty to vote and told PTI, "I am proud to be a citizen of this country, there is no country like India. The voter turnout is terrific. I am sure more people will come (to vote),' the actor noted.

Actor-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt, who along with her filmmaker father Mahesh Bhatt came to vote, also urged others to exercise their right. She posted a photo on X and wrote, "Please go out and cast your vote. Your voice matters! #MumbaiNorthCentral #Bandra #Mumbai.”

Manoj Bajpayee went out to vote with his wife, Shabana Bajpayee. Speaking to PTI, he said, “It is the biggest celebration of democracy, and you get this chance to elect your leader in five years. I appeal to everyone to use your rights because you will get this chance again after five years and for those five years, you will not have the right to complain.”

Other celebrities who casted their votes during the day include, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kiara Advani, Sanya Malhotra, Varun Dhawan, Sanjay Dutt, Anupam Kher, Govinda, Paresh Rawal, filmmakers Ashutosh Gowariker, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Subhash Ghai, noted poet and lyricist Gulzar and his filmmaker daughter Meghna Gulzar.

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