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Film actor to Political actor – Navneet Kaur Rana

After a short hiatus from her film career, she married Ravi Rana, an independent MLA from Badnera district of Amravati, in 2011.

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Navneet Kaur Rana in Parliament | Image Courtesy: PTI

A small-time regional film actress Navneet Kaur Rana, who is most searched for her bold pictures on Google, had registered a case against unidentified people for circulating her obscene photos on WhatsApp and Facebook. Navneet has alleged that her photos have been shared by many on the social networking site without her permission.

The former NCP leader, whose husband Ravi Rana is an independent MLA from Amravati, has alleged that her obscene pictures have been uploaded by miscreants to tarnish her image. But none of them denied that the pictures are hers.

After a short hiatus from her film career, she married Ravi Rana, an independent MLA from Badnera district of Amravati, in 2011. Gradually she made her way into politics. She was elected as a Member of Parliament from Amravati, Maharashtra in the 2019 Lok Sabha election as an independent candidate.

Kaur was born and brought up in Mumbai. Her father was an army officer and her parents are of Punjab origin; she completed her studies up to 10th standard in Karthika High School. After finishing 12th class, she discontinued her education and began working as a model. She has also worked on a few music videos which are not famous.

Kaur made her debut in the feature film Darshan, a Kannada film. Then made an entry in Telugu with Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi (2004), Chetna (2005), Jagapathi (2005), Good Boy (2005), and Bhuma (2008) are some of her consequent releases. She may not have given a successful film or album but gained quite a lot of popularity for her bold looks.

She was a contestant in the Gemini TV reality show named Humma Humma. She starred in the Malayalam film, Love In Singapore, directed by Rafi Mecartin. In 2010, she acted in the Punjabi film Lad Gaya Pecha opposite Gurpreet Ghuggi. She tried her luck almost in all regional films but none of her films made super-duper hits at box offices.

After a short pause from her film career, on 3 February 2011, she married Ravi Rana. It has been reported that they got married along with 3720 couples in a mass ceremony where many leaders and very important persons, including the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan and Yog Guru Baba Ramdev remained present to bless the newly wedded couples belonging to various castes and religions.

She was a Nationalist Congress Party candidate for Lok Sabha Election 2014 and lost the election. In 2019, She was elected as MP from Amravati, Maharashtra constituency defeating Anandrao Adsul of Shivsena as an Independent candidate with the Support of the Indian National Congress and National Congress Party in Lok Sabha Elections.

After defeating veteran Shiv Sena leader and two-time Member of Parliament (MP) Anandrao Adsul in Amravati constituency, Navneet Kaur Rana came in news. Rana is the only candidate from among the alliance partners of the Congress and NCP who managed to emerge victorious in the 2019 Lok Sabha election.

Rana has joined the list of the film stars who have been elected to Parliament. She contested the election as a Yuva Swabhimani Paksha (YSP) candidate, a political outfit formed by her husband Ravi Rana. Ravi Rana is also an independent MLA from the Badnera Assembly seat, which is a part of the Amravati Lok Sabha constituency.

This was the second time Rana ran against Adsul. In 2014, she had fought as an NCP candidate but lost by over 1.37 lakh votes. This time, however, she defeated Adsul by 36,951 votes. This is significant considering that the Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) had fielded Gunwant Deopare, who polled more than 65,000 votes.

Rana and her husband decided to remain with alliance partners of the Congress-NCP alliance. But after the 2014 state Assembly elections, Ravi Rana, who was elected as an independent candidate, had declared his support to Devendra Fadnavis-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government.

As she came in limelight, Social activist Jayant Wanjari had filed a petition in the Mulund court seeking that she be restrained from using her caste certificate to gain benefits of reservation, including for the Lok Sabha elections, as it was obtained on the basis of fake documents. The court ordered the police to register a first information report (FIR) and investigate the charge and whether the actress had obtained the certificate of scheduled caste according to the law.

Kaur Rana picked despite opposition within NCP. The nomination of actress Navneet Kaur Rana, as a candidate of the Nationalist Congress Party from the Amravati Lok Sabha constituency, surprised party leaders and activists. Many are opposed to her candidature as Ravi Rana had defeated the NCP’s candidate Sulabha Khodke, the wife of the party’s Amravati strongman Sanjay Khodke in the Assembly elections and later associated himself with the Congress.

Rana and her husband are associated with yoga guru Baba Ramdev and a former dance bar owner-turned-news channel baron, who may have pulled strings to get her selected. She and her husband frequently make sharp attacks on Shiv Sena leaders, that is the way of their political life.

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Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Tamanhttps://authorvaidehi.com
Vaidehi Taman an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with three Honourary Doctorate in Journalism. Vaidehi has been an active journalist for the past 21 years, and is also the founding editor of an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, and The Democracy digital video news portal is her brain child. Vaidehi has three books in her name, "Sikhism vs Sickism", "Life Beyond Complications" and "Vedanti". She is an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, OSCP offensive securities, Certified Security Analyst and Licensed Penetration Tester that caters to her freelance jobs.
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