The mantle of a politician and a wannabe policy-maker as an
elected representative of the people in the Lower House of Indian
Parliament sits pretty nicely on TV's favourite bahu Smriti Z Iraani
aka Tulsi bhabhi of Kyunki Saas bhi Kabhi Bahu thi.
Sporting a cream coloured sari with the vermillion at the right
place, bahu Smriti --- "my son would be exactly seven months
old the day I file my nomination on 23 April," she says in
reply to a question on various roles she's essaying these days ---
mouths the right lines as if on cue from her
Delhi director, who happens to be the Delhi Pradesh Bharatiya Janata
Party chief, Dr. Harshvardhan.
The media glare doesn't bother her. She is used to it as a star
of the small screen. She fields uncomfortable questions on taking
money to join the BJP and politics with as much ease as the purely
sugary ones on the challenge that a 28-year-old young woman has
taken on in a modern and shining India.
At times, she almost sounds like HMV --- her master's voice
that has left no stones unturned to project that the country is
shining and the opposition parties only whining.But to be
fair to her, Smriti is trying honestly to be the closest of the
two `outsiders' (the other being her main rival, Congress' Kapil
Sibal) in the Chandni Chowk constituency from where she'd begin
her journey towards Parliament. And, she's also not ungrateful.
In the midst of TV channels' representatives trying to get some
sound bytes, Smriti starts smiling when
indiantelevision.com is referred, while expressing her hurt feelings
to the Mid-day people for publishing "baseless facts"
Political analysts feel that Smriti stands a good chance of
winning against Sibal in Chandni Chowk for various reasons, including
the fact that both are outsiders to the area and the TV artiste's
popularity can work to her advantage. Moreover, Chandni Chowk, traditionally,
has been a BJP stronghold
because of the trading class, which has orthodox views and Smriti's
screen role of an ideal daughter-in-law may go down well with them.
But her critics point out that Indian politics is a great game of
chess and till the last move has been made, nothing can be taken
for guaranteed as the area has a
sizeable Muslim vote.
Ensconced in a small room at the Delhi BJP's office, Smriti,
flanked by Doctor saab, answers some questions put forth by indiantelevision.com.