Unheard stories of Manoj Tiwari: Journey from film stardom to BJP's face in Delhi

Manoj Tiwari's journey from the silver screen to the political arena exemplifies a seamless transition marked by perseverance and determination.

Mayank Kasyap
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Courtesy: Top Indian News

The Candidate: BJP Member of Parliament and actor Manoj Tiwari is currently contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Delhi, having been granted a ticket by the BJP to represent North East Delhi. His opponent in this electoral battle is Congress' Kanhaiya Kumar, adding an extra layer of excitement to the contest for this seat.

Face-off with Congress' Kanhaiya Kumar

Manoj Tiwari, the BJP MP and actor, is currently vying for a seat in the Lok Sabha from Delhi, specifically North East Delhi, in the ongoing elections. His electoral duel with Congress' Kanhaiya Kumar has intensified the competition for this constituency, sparking intrigue among observers. While the outcome remains uncertain, we delve into the lesser-known chapters of Manoj Tiwari's life – from his humble beginnings in Bihar to his ascent as a Bhojpuri superstar and eventually, a Member of Parliament.

Early life and education

Manoj Tiwari was born on February 1, 1971, in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, to Chandradev Tiwari and Lalita Devi. He received his early education at Shri Kamalakar Chaubey Adarsh Seva Vidyalaya Intermediate College in Banaras, followed by his graduation from Banaras Hindu University. Tiwari holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Arts (MPED). Outside of academics, he has a passion for music and cricket. In 1999, Manoj Tiwari married Rani Tiwari, but the marriage ended in divorce in 2012. Subsequently, he tied the knot with Surabhi Tiwari.

Journey in the film industry

Manoj Tiwari ventured into Bhojpuri cinema in 2003 with the film "Sasura Bada Paisa Wala," which proved to be a commercial success. Following this breakthrough, he starred in other notable films such as "Daroga Babu I Love You" and "Bandhan Tute Na," establishing himself as a prominent figure in Bhojpuri cinema. Tiwari also made appearances on television, notably in the program "Chak De Bachhe" and as a contestant on the reality show "Bigg Boss" in 2010. Additionally, his rendition of the song "Jiya Ho Bihar Ke Lala" for the film "Gangs of Wasseypur," directed by Anurag Kashyap, garnered widespread acclaim.

Ascend in Indian politics

Transitioning from the entertainment industry to politics, Manoj Tiwari embarked on his political journey with the Samajwadi Party in 2009. However, his electoral bid for the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat proved unsuccessful. In 2011, Tiwari joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), marking a pivotal moment in his political career. He tasted success in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, securing victory from Delhi North East constituency. Subsequently, he was appointed as the BJP President of Delhi. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Manoj Tiwari triumphed over Congress candidate and former Chief Minister Sheila Dixit by a significant margin of over 3.63 lakh votes.

Manoj Tiwari's journey from the silver screen to the political arena exemplifies a seamless transition marked by perseverance and determination. As he continues to navigate the dynamic landscape of Indian politics, his story serves as an inspiration for aspiring leaders and entertainment enthusiasts alike.