Punjabi Celebrities Who Eventually Ventured into Politics

Here’s a list of famous Punjabi celebrities who took the road less travelled, and paved their way from the world of glamour to the world of politics!

by Monita Sharma

Gurpreet Ghuggi:


One of the most-loved comedian and actors of the Punjabi entertainment industry, Gurpreet Ghuggi took a short stint in the world of politics when he joined the Aam Aadmi Party and served as the Punjab State Convenor. After some time, he was replaced by Bhagwant Maan which eventually led Ghuggi to quit the party and politics as a whole.

His Punjabi movies like Carry On Jatta (2012) and Ardaas (2015) have been acclaimed by the critics and the audiences alike.

Bhagwant Mann:

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The journey for Bhagwant Mann which started with the comedy album, Jagtar Jaggi, eventually led him to enact in famous Punjabi movies like Ekam – Son of Soil, Police in Pollywood, and 22g Tussi Ghaint Ho to name a few. However, in early 2011, Mann joined the People’s Party of Punjab. In 2012, he unsuccessfully contested elections in the Lehragaga constituency.

In March 2014, Mann joined the Aam Aadmi Party to contest elections in the Sangrur Lok Sabha constituency wherein he won by 211,721 votes. He was also the convener of AAP Punjab but he later resigned. In 2019, Mann again won the Lok Sabha seat from Sangrur in General elections of India by 111,111 votes. He is the only Member of Parliament from Aam Aadmi Party in the lower house (Lok Sabha) of the parliament.

Hans Raj Hans:


A recipient of the civil honour of Padma Shri, Hans Raj Hans is renowned for his Punjabi folk and Sufi music as well as in his own ‘Punjabi-pop’ albums. Hans has worked alongside other artists, such as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in the movie Kachche Dhaage which was appreciated by the critics as well as the audiences alike.

Hans joined the Shiromani Akali Dal party in January 2009 and in May of that year, he contested the Jalandhar, Punjab, India constituency.

However, he resigned on 18 December 2014 and joined the Indian National Congress in February 2016. Later in December 2016, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party and replaced Udit Raj as the candidate for representing North West Delhi in the 2019 Indian general election.

Jassi Jasraj:

Jassi Jasraj who has worked in one film called Bikker Bai Sentimental has been a famous singer of Punjab. In 2014, he joined the newly formed political party – AAP but after that he never really came in the news for his political ventures.

Gul Panag:

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Gul Panag is a renowned actress in Bollywood and she’s done her share of Punjabi movies like Sikander and Ambarsariya. In 2014, she fought for Chandigarh’s Lok Sabha Elections from Aam Aadmi Party but lost to Kirron Kher.

Kirron Kher:

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Kirron Kher who’s done many Punjabi movies and her most noted one being Punjab 1984 released in 2014 is a ruling BJP MP from Chandigarh. She became the Member of Parliament in 2014 and was re-elected in 2019’s Lok Sabha Elections as well.

Savita Bhatti:

Wife of famous comedian and social activist Jaspal Bhatti, Savita Bhatti had a small political career as well. She joined Aam Aadmi Party too in 2014 but resigned when she wasn’t given the seat to fight for Chandigarh’s Lok Sabha Elections.


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