Actor’s political ordeal

Perhaps for the first time the actor turned politician Siddhant Mahapatra is facing the heat for donning a politician garb. His forthcoming movie ‘Swayamsidha’ has entered into a political controversy for being centered on Maoist movement.

At a time when the Orissa government is struggling to contain the Maoists, the reel life enactment of a Maoist area commander by the ruling BJD’s Berhampur MP Siddhant Mahapatra has not gone down well with the opposition BJP.

Sensing a possible issue against the ruling BJD the state BJP youth wing on Wednesday submitted a memorandum to governor M C Bhandare demanding a ban on the movie and resignation of the BJD MP.
The BJP youth wing has also accused its producer and actors of glorifying the Left-wing extremists' ideology and a possible financial support by the Naxals for the making of the movie.

However, the producer of the movie, the Naxtra Media group, termed allegations baseless and this movie as an attempt to bring the extremists into mainstream.
Siddhant Mohapatra will be seen in the role of a Maoist leader Digvijay in the film. While Sunil Kumar plays the role of a journalist tracing the genesis of the movement, Bengali actress Yukta makes her Ollywood debut with the movie. Veteran lyricist-composer Swarup Nayak has scored the music for the film.
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