Having won a four year court battle over her remarks on pre-marital sex, popular south Indian actress Khushboo has now set her eyes on politics and admits her liking for Congress.
"I am silently involved in lot of social work including in the areas of HIV/AIDS, transgenders and cancer. But being in politics gives a larger platform and to work better," she said in an interview.
Relieved after the Supreme Court this week quashed 22 criminal cases filed against her for her comments on pre-marital sex, she said, "politics is next step" but added she had not taken a call on joining a party as of now.
"I like Congress as I grew up with Congress people such as (late actor) Sunil Dutt around me. I have literally seen Union Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde working as a common party man in my locality. I have seen them around me. But I have not taken a call on joining Congress," she said, adding she "followed Congress ideology."
She said she was a "great admirer" of Indira Gandhi, and a "huge fan" of Rajiv Gandhi while her husband, actor- director Sundar C, was a fan of Priyanka Wadra.
Before deciding to take the plunge into politics, she would think about family and acting as "family comes first and acting is a passion," she said.
Looking back at the four-and-half years of court battle, the actress, who once ruled the roost in Tamil filmdom with fans even constructing a temple for her, is happy that the court upheld her right to freedom of speech and expression.
"The SC came down very strongly on the people who went against me, against the media, and a few people who were trying to malign me and create problems," she said.
The apex court had allowed the appeal filed by the actress against the decision of the Madras High Court which had dismissed her plea to quash the cases, registered in various places in Tamil Nadu for her interviews in 2005.(PTI)