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Next change: MLAs of all hues on silver screen

- Minister directs legislators in Bhojpuri romantic and action flick set for July 4 release

Patna, June 23: Difference of opinions in the Assembly hardly matters for legislators in sharing the silver screen.

Come July 4, film buffs can watch 11 elected representatives in a first-of-its-kind Bhojpuri movie, Pyar Mohabbat Zindabad, produced and directed by art, culture and youth affairs department minister Vinay Bihari.

While the lead roles have gone to professionals Pawan Singh and Pakhi Hegde, the MLAs, including two ministers, got space from five minutes to more than an hour. “If an actor becomes politician in a film, why cannot a politician become an actor then? It was my dream to direct and produce a film in which our MLAs will act and finally it has been achieved,” said Independent MLA Vinay, who represents Lauriya, West Champaran.

Made under the banner of Aadi Shakti Entertainments & Baba Baidyanath Films, the two-and-a-half-hour romantic and action-packed flick has six MLAs from the JDU, four from the BJP and one Independent.

Interestingly, Khagaria strongman Ranvir Yadav has played the role of the villain in the film, which also features his two wives Poonam Devi, the MLA from Khagaria, and Krishna Devi, who contested this general election on the RJD ticket but lost to the LJP candidate, Choudhary Mehboob Ali Kaiser.

Off screen also, Ranvir is infamous for his conviction in the Lakshmipur-Taufir diara carnage of 1985 in which nine persons were killed. Ranvir also allegedly snatched a rifle to escort Nitish Kumar, who was chief minister then, to a dais in Khagaria in 2012.

Apart from Poonam Devi, the other JDU MLAs who have worked in the film include Rajesh Singh (Valmiki Nagar), Pradeep Kumar (Warsaliganj), Shravan Kumar (Nalanda), Lalan Ram (Kutumba) and Sumit Kumar Singh (Chakai). The BJP MLAs who have worked in the film are Usha Vidyarthi (Paliganj), Bhagirathi Devi (Ramnagar), Shyamdeo Paswan (Bodhgaya) and Jawahar Prasad (Sasaram).

Shravan is rural works and parliamentary affairs minister in the Jitan Ram Manjhi cabinet.

About any problem in bringing the JDU and the BJP lawmakers on one stage, Vinay added: “Leaders from both the parties agreed to work in my film without any charge and they were very cooperative as well. Some of them really performed like professional actors.”

The film, music and lyrics of which were composed by Vinay himself, was shot over eight months in Kullu-Manali, Ooty, Mumbai and several locations in Bihar. Sharing the plot, Vinay said: “The story is very simple in which a girl belonging to the backward class falls in love with a boy who comes from the upper caste. The members of the Assembly will play their respective roles in this love story. It is a complete family film with 14 songs.”

The film also cast former MP Baidnath Mahto and Som Prakash, the former Independent MLA from Obra. Jawahar Prasad said: “I never have any personal grudges with anyone. During Holi also, I smear gulal on the faces of every MLA irrespective of their political party.”

Sumit, the younger son of agriculture minister Narendra Singh, said: “I think one should have knowledge of every field. It was a very good experience as the shooting for my role took place in Rajgir. There is a big difference in real life and reel life. As a lawmaker when we make mistakes in our decision there is no retake. However, in reel life there are takes and re-takes till you achieve the perfection.”