Kamya Panjabi talks about her political debut; says, “I am not joining politics for fame or money”
Kamya Panjabi who is a popular face on TV is all set to try her hand in politics. The actress has joined the Congress Party. In a recent interview with BT, she talked about it and shared, “It had been on my mind for many years. Even when I was at the peak of my TV career, I was certain that I wanted to join politics in the future. When my show Shakti — Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki ended in September, I started working on what I had envisioned for myself. Tehseen Poonawalla, whom I met on Bigg Boss 13 (she made an appearance on the show as a celebrity guest), learned about my political aspirations. He realized that I had the potential and guided me through it. I want to serve my country and work on causes I strongly feel for. Besides other things, I want to focus on women empowerment and help those who suffer domestic violence in our country. I, too, have suffered silently in the past for many years. The desire to join politics stems from a strong cause. I am not hungry for power, I just want to work.”When asked if she will move to Delhi, she shared, “At the moment, I will be working out of Mumbai. But I am open to everything. My aim is to do good work. My husband is extremely supportive, be it acting or now politics. Chaahe Mumbai ho, Delhi ho ya UP ho, I am willing to cover the length and breadth of the country wherever I am required.”So does this mean she will quit acting?, “Acting is my first love and I will continue to do it. I will balance the two and divide my time. I have seen lead actors of my shows go on leave for eight days at a stretch, but the work doesn’t suffer. When I join a show, I will inform my producers of my responsibilities and I am sure that they will be happy to adjust. Having said that, if it’s required of me, I will enter politics full time. For me, it’s not just about being a face, I will walk the talk. My actions will speak louder than words.
There have been actors in the past who’ve joined politics, but things didn’t work out for them. What do you have to say about that?
It’s not that I am clueless and have decided to join politics for fun. I have done my homework and am very clear about my goals. I am not here to make money or achieve power and fame. Woh mujhe TV mein bahut mila hai. I am here to work. Let’s leave everything to time. Everyone knows that main jo kar sakti hoon wohi bolti hoon aur jo bolti hoon woh karke bhi dikhaati hoon”.she concluded.