There are things political pundits don't understand about Karnataka. Even simple things! A popular columnist in a top all-India English newspaper had once written that Deve Gowda and SM Krishna were rivals because one was a Gowda and the other a Vokkaliga!! The same kind of anecdotes are now being produced about Ambareesh now. Some people seem to think that Ambareesh used his popularity in films to become a politician, a MP and then a MLA.
Newbies perhaps don't know that when he joined politics, there were three icons in Kannada film industry. Dr Rajkumar was the cultural face of Kannada and Karnataka, Dr Vishnuvardhan the social face and Ambareesh the political face. 20 years ago they were called "samskrutiya Nayaka, samajika Nayaka and rajakiya Nayaka" and this was for no little reason.
Even if Ambareesh is not in politics does not matter for the film industry people or his legion of fans friends and well wishers across the society. Everyone who knows him are aware of the fact that he is someone who has endeared himself to Kannada culture also. That is where the political analysts fail.