By Courtney Trenwith
Most famous for 24, Slumdog Millionaire, the actor says recent protests & massive youth vote will see political change during the world’s largest ever vote
Bollywood star Anil Kapoor has said the world’s largest democracy will undergo change as a result of the Indian election currently being held.
Kapoor, who is best known for his roles in Slumdog Millionaire, Mission Impossible IV and US television series 24, said the massive youth vote, which represents 10 percent of voters, and a new phenomena in social empowerment would be significant in the 17 Lok Sabha polls.
“There is a changing India – the youth,” Kapoor told Arabian Business during an interview in Dubai.
“This election will have a different result because of the youth who are going to vote.
“[Also] people are sticking their neck out, the anti-corruption drive, the women empowerment, all the rape cases and the people being sentenced to death. Things are changing.”
Thousands of people, mostly young, took to the streets in India after a series of gang rapes in 2012-13, including one in which a 23-year-old women died from her wounds after she was gang raped by six males in a moving bus in South Delhi in December, 2012.
Following the public outrage, four of the convicted men were sentenced to death, while one was found dead in his jail cell and the sixth, a juvenile, was sentenced to three years in a reform home.
Dozens of corruption allegations also has seen the sudden rise of the Aam Aadmi Party (Common Man Party), which is promoting itself as the anti-corruption party.
AAP won government in the capital, Delhi, last year but resigned 49 days later in protest at the parliament’s failure to pass a bill that would have established an ombudsman to investigate corruption allegations.
Kapoor, who was in Dubai to film an Indian version of the 24 US TV series, said he was “not sure” who would win the election.
Incumbent Prime Minister Mammohan Singh has said he is stepping down, allowing the ruling Congress party to put forward much younger Rahul Ghandi.
“I think everybody is confused, we need to wait and watch,” Kapoor said.
“I can say I’m very, very confident that we need a change. For everything. Sometimes a good person also should be given a break, the intent of that person, no matter what people might say, is good, but sometimes you need to give that person a break, let the other person get a chance.”
Kapoor’s Antila Ventures is due to launch in Dubai on April 14. Registered in the UK, the company will develop content for both West and East audiences, taking advantage of Kapoor’s experience and contacts in both Bollywood and Hollywood.
“I want it to be as big as it can be,” Kapoor said.