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Esha Deol campaigns for mother Hema Malini amidst mixed reactions to her appearance

In a recent development in Mathura, Bollywood actress Esha Deol took on the role of a political campaigner as she rallied support for her mother, Hema Malini, who is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate in the Lok Sabha Elections. Visiting the constituency on Saturday, Esha Deol engaged with the youth and local supporters endorsing her mother’s bid for re-election. The Bollywood star’s visit, however, sparked contrasting reactions as it was marred by comments from netizens about her changed appearance, suspected to be the result of cosmetic enhancement.

The video clip that captured Esha speaking to the media in Mathura quickly disseminated across social networks, grabbing attention for more than just its intended political message. Online onlookers focused on what appeared to be a lip augmentation procedure, with one person commenting, “Could have gone easier on the lip job you seem to be struggling to carry the weight of your upper lip to speak, different doctor haan next time.” Others expressed disappointment over the beauty standards within the Bollywood industry, pointing out the penchant for plastic surgery and its implications on natural beauty.

Despite the online buzz surrounding her appearance, the seasoned actress proceeded to accentuate the transformation and preservation work of the heritage and tourism in Mathura. In her address, Esha Deol commented on the visible development in the city, emphasizing the well-maintained state of Vrindavan’s alleys and heritage, commending the efforts of the local authorities and residents.

The film industry celebrity also took the opportunity to assert her belief in her mother’s popularity and the robust backing she has in Mathura. Esha stated, “There are so many supporters here who are the residents of Mathura. They want my mother to stay here and win the election from here. They want her to do much more, and it’s because of their support that my mom can do all this. So, their support is important.”

During her visit, alongside her sister Ahana Deol, Esha also made a spiritual pit stop at the venerated Banke Bihari Temple. Esha’s involvement in active campaigning reflects the significance of the Mathura constituency and is indicative of the BJP’s commitment to retain the seat, currently held by her mother, Hema Malini, who is contesting for the third time.

The personal life of Esha Deol has recently seen major changes as well. Earlier this year, the actress announced her separation from her husband Bharat Takhtani after 11 years of marriage. The two had tied the knot in a quiet ceremony at ISKCON temple in Mumbai in 2012 and have two daughters together. In a joint statement, the couple emphasized their focus on the welfare of their children and requested privacy during the transition.

Esha Deol, who made her Bollywood debut with ‘Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe’ and later appeared in popular films such as ‘Dhoom’, ‘Kaal’, ‘Dus’, and ‘No Entry’, is now preparing to interact with more youths in academic institutions across Mathura in the coming days. Her efforts are part of the broader electoral strategy to engage younger demographics and gather support for the BJP’s political campaign.

The actress’s visit to Mathura has served as a stark reminder that, even in the age of digital communication and social media influence, the allure of a popular figure can both bolster a political movement and attract unwarranted attention to personal choices. As the elections in India continue to unfold, it is clear that the lines between entertainment and politics are becoming increasingly blurred, with candidates and their supporters navigating the complex interplay between public image, political messaging, and the power of celebrity.