Bollywood actor Sunny Deol whose career has seen a decline joined the Bharatiya Janata Party amid speculation that he may be fielded from a Lok Sabha seat in Punjab.
With his films Ghayal Once Again, Poster Boyz, Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se, Mohalla Assi and Bhaiaji Superhit failing to do well at the box office, the actor joined the saffron party.
“Like my father Dharmendra associated himself with Vajpayeeji, I am associating with Modiji. He has done a lot for the country and he can take us forward. Country needs leaders like him,” the 62-year-old actor was quoted as saying by HindustanTimes after joining the saffron party.He added that whatever he does, he would do it with all his heart.
Welcoming him into the fold defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said: “I am pleased to welcome a firebrand actor, popular, very committed to his art, young brave artist Sunny Deol to the BJP.”
Deol had met BJP president Amit Shah last week amid speculation that he may contest from Amritsar or Gurdaspur.
Sunny Deol’s Bollywood career spans over three decades with the actor giving Indian cinema goers many memorable films such as Betaab, Border, Damini, Gadar and Ghayal among many others.