"You know your Ramulamma, don’t you?" asks actress-turned-politician Vijayashanti at every election meeting she addresses in Medak Lok Sabha constituency.
"Titti teesta (I will ensure your end)," she says to loud cheers, recalling a well-known dialogue from her super hit Telugu film "Osey Ramulamma" while targeting the ruling Congress party. Vijayashanti is the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) candidate from here.
In the 1997 movie, she played a Dalit woman from Telangana fighting exploitation by the landlords. The character of Ramulamma became so popular that it became her second name.
The 45-year-old’s election campaign seems to be an extension of her screen role of a "fighter" and an angry young woman. She is enlivening the campaign with dialogues from her films, theatrical punches in her speeches and off-the- cuff remarks.
"If you are offered money (by rival parties), take it but cast your vote only for TRS," the actress told a gathering in Mulugu village, about 60 km from Hyderabad.
"Don’t drink before voting. You can drink as much as you can after voting," said Lady Amitabh, the nickname she earned for her roles in many Telugu films.