Mixed fortune for film personalities in K'taka

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Bangalore, May 26: The tinsel town's foray into politics in Karnataka met with a mixed bag of success in the Assembly elections, with only three of the seven film personalities in fray making it to the Vidhana Soudha. Among the successful contestants were cop-turned-actor B C Patil (Cong- Hirekerur), producer-actor C P Yogeshwar (Cong), winning a third term from Channapatna, and actor Jaggesh (Cong) from Turuvekere.

Rebel star M H Ambareesh, a former Union Minister and three term Lok Sabha member, suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of a green horn Ramesh Bandisiddegowda (JD-S). It was the second defeat for Mr Ambareesh, who had earlier contested in a byelection from Ramanagaram.

Another popular multilingual actor Saikumar, who entertained the electorate with dialogues from Telugu and Kannada movies, failed miserably in the 'political box office,' as the audience who heard him in the campaign meetings chose to elect N Sampangi of the Congress in Bagepalli in Chikballapur District. Saikumar finished a poor fourth in the contest.

Director Mahendra who campaigned vigorously with his actress-wife Shruti, flopped in Kollegal. Actress Umashree, a former Member of the Legislative Council, also fared poorly in Terdal.

Actor Shashikumar, who had earlier been a Lok Sabha member from Chitradurga, lost narrowly in Challakere to BJP veteran Thippeswamy by a margin of 289 votes.

UNI

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