With results still coming in from India's marathon general election, the BBC News website looks at some of the more prominent winners and losers.
Shashi Tharoor, Congress, Kerala. Author, peacekeeper, refugee worker and human rights activist, made an unsuccessful bid to become UN secretary-general in 2006.
Mohammad Azharuddin, Congress, Uttar Pradesh. Former Indian cricket captain whose career ended under a cloud when he was accused in a match-fixing scandal.
Shatrughan Sinha, BJP, Bihar. Former Bollywood actor, famous for his action roles and popularly known as "Shotgun Sinha" in his heyday as an actor.
Chiranjeevi, Praja Rajyam, Andhra Pradesh. Star of nearly 150 Telegu language films, won a state seat on his political debut though his new party appeared to have drawn a blank at the national level.
Renuka Chowdhury, Congress, Andhra Pradesh. Prominent anti-poverty campaigner who has served as minister for women and child development.
Gopalswamy Vaiko, MDMK, Tamil Nadu. Party is seen as close to Tamil Tiger leader Prabhakaran, and has taken a strident line on the war that the Sri Lankan government now claims to have won.
Ram Vilas Paswan, LJP leader, Hajipur. Congress ally and minister for steel, once held the Guinness world record as the candidate who had won an election by the biggest margin.
Chetan Chauhan, BJP, Delhi. Long-time opening batsman for India's national cricket team, later became the team's manager.