In follow up to Lok Sabha Elections 2019, our celebrities from film industry have been encouraging people to use their right and vote the leader of their choice. The Prime Minister of our nation, Narender Modi took his twitter handle and requested to the biggest names from the Indian film industry, to push the Indian citizens’ to participate in the electoral process, following up to this Alia Bhatt, one of the biggest actresses of Bollywood had acceded by quoting, “A vote is a nation’s voice. A nation’s choice. Use your voice. Make your choice. #Vote #Election2019.”
However, it turns out to be a bit opposite. The ‘Raazi’ star could not herself exercise this power. In an interview with India Today, Alia Bhatt, who was there for the Kalank promotions with Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha, and Aditya Roy Kapur. While asked about how they were going to their part to elect the new government of India. To which Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha, and Aditya Roy Kapur combinedly said, “by Voting”.
Varun said, “I think we all will be voting and it’s important. In Maharashtra, there’s still some time for election to begin for us to go vote. We all will be going and voting and doing our duty and electing the government officials we feel fit to come into power.”
When the reporter specifically asked Alia if she was also going to vote or not, the actress replied, “I can’t vote.” When Sonakshi asked, “Why, passport?”, Alia just nodded.
Eventually, Alia doesn’t hold an Indian passport as she and Soni Razdan, her mother are both British citizens. Since India’s law does not allow any individual to hold two citizenship, Alia will not be allowed to vote until she gives up her British Citizenship.
Before the last general elections in 2014, Alia Bhatt told the Hindustan Times, “Unfortunately, I can’t vote because I have a British passport. I am past the date (to get the official documents for voting) this time around, but I will try and get my voting card the next time.”