Celebs steal the show in Bengal fifth poll phase

Moonmoon-Sen-flanked-by-her-two-daughter-Ria-on-the-left-and-Raima-after-cast-their-vote1 Trinamool Congress MP Moonmoon Sen with her daughters actors Raima Sen and Riya Sen show their marked fingers | Salil Bera

Star-studded electoral battles and star campaigners notwithstanding, a clutch of celebrities dazzled on the fifth and penultimate polling day of the West Bengal assembly elections on Saturday as they took their turns at voting surrounded by paparazzi and public alike.

Stargazing took a completely different meaning on Saturday when a sparkling rainbow-hued halo around the sun took centre stage on a sleepy Saturday. But all eyes darted towards cinema icons and sportspersons as they made their way to cast ballots in various constituencies in south Kolkata.

Actor-turned-Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Roopa Ganguly, contesting from Howrah North, sportingly showed her inked finger sitting smugly in her vehicle. Ganguly looked at ease in a blue saree, a far cry from her usual grave expression seen during the last few phases.

An ever-smiling Trinamool Congress MP and veteran actress Moon Moon Sen posed with her entire family, including daughter-actor Riya and Raima after exercising their franchise.

Actor Rituparna Sengupta obliged fans and fellow voters with selfies while veteran actor Ranjit Mullick and her wife posed as actress-daughter Koel clicked selfies of the trio with their inked fingers. Vivacious Indrani Halder and stylish June Maliah took a break from their hectic showbiz schedules for the polls.

Some donned goggles and some used caps to beat the sun but all beamed in pride after exercising their democratic right.

Perhaps underscoring the significance of the electoral process, former Indian cricket skipper and Cricket Association of Bengal chief Sourav Ganguly put on a solemn expression at his outing with the electronic voting machine (EVM).

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