The controversial seizure of land for industry by the ruling communists in West Bengal may be the biggest chink in their armour for the 2009 polls.

But the opposition Trinamool Congress is not leaving anything to chance in this general election — it’s also taking help from the stars.

Enter Tapas Paul. The archetypal Bengali film hero in the closing decades of the 20th century is already a lawmaker in the state assembly.

This time around, Paul is setting sights on a seat in parliament.

The baby-faced and paunchy actor usually played the saintly do-gooder in tearjerkers that won him many hearts in rural areas.

Now Paul and his long-time heroine Satabdi Roy are adding colour to the election campaign of Trinamool Congress.