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Sakal Times
Friday, 26 April 2019

Amidst the 2019 elections, here’s a look at some great on-screen political leaders

Politics and entertainment go hand in hand. While many are entertained by the governmental rigmarole, politics has inspired the business of entertainment many a times. The last decade has seen some legendary political dramas unfold on screen. Here’s a look at actors who have done a splendid job in portraying charismatic and powerful political characters. 

Kiefer Sutherland as Thomas Adam 
Designated Survivor follows the story of an unassuming Secretary of Housing and Urban development suddenly catapulted to being President after a mass terrorist attack on the State of the Union. The series takes an account of how he handles and portrays the situation. Here, the role could have been really confusing but the way Kiefer Sutherland has given justice to a civilian, who rises to the duty of being the President, has given him a brand new fan-base in this genre. Watch the series on Netflix. 

Denzel Washington as Malcolm X
With the movie Malcom X, Denzel Washington might just have given a performance of a lifetime as a black activist and a leader of the struggle for Black Liberation. The movie portrays his lows like his imprisonment as also the highs where he becomes the leader in the Nation of Islam. Denzel has played this sensitive yet strong role with the best possible portrayal of emotions and left the audience in awe.

Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord
Madam Secretary is a political drama which investigates the life of the US Secretary of State as she tries to balance work with family, where ‘politics’ and ‘compromise’ take on a new meaning. The show also portrays how she has developed her personality throughout her political journey. Tea Leoni’s portrayal of Elizabeth McCord is that of a headstrong yet kind politician who constantly strives to be just. She has received several accolades for the role, including a nomination from People's Choice Awards. Watch Madam Secretary Season 5 every Tuesday at 10 pm only on AXN.

Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher 
The Iron Lady follows Margaret Thatcher’s growth as a political leader and as a woman in Britain. From girlhood to the first and only Prime Minister of The United Kingdom, she developed her personality in a unique way. The ever-so-versatile Meryl Streep managed to portray this character with absolute brilliance which led her to win an Oscar for the movie. 

Robin Wright as Claire Underwood
If there was anyone who could one up Kevin Spacey in House of Cards, it had to be Robin Wright. She is a woman “who will stop at nothing to conquer everything.” If looks could kill, Claire Underwood would already have slayed the White House. Robin Wright nails the lead role by her magnificent acting skills and adopts an indomitable grace and elegance to portray Claire. Even after the mixed reviews of the last season of House of Cards, critics mentioned Robin Wright being the worthy show lead. Watch the series on Netflix.

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