‘Swayamsidha’ runs full house amid protests

Bhubaneswar: The controversial Maoist plot centered film ‘Swayamsidha’ released today to a full house audience in various theatres here amid the protests from the BJP youth wing.

According to agency reports, at least 50 activists of the BJP were arrested for disrupting the screening of the film, starring BJD MP from Berhampur Siddhant Mohapatra. The film ran full house in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. But the screening of the movie was postponed in Berhampur, Jharsuguda and Bolangir fearing the protest.

The BJP activists marched on the streets in other towns protesting release of the film. The BJP has been demanding a ban on the movie as it alleges that the film glorifies the Maoist ideology. The State Youth wing of the party had already submitted a memorandum to the Governor in this regard earlier this month.

The release of the film comes day after the Orissa High Court constituted a committee to review the film and submit a report on its possible impact by Monday. The High Court direction came following a petition filed by the BJP youth wing seeking a ban on the movie.

The committee, comprising senior police officers and lawyers, watched the premiere of the movie on Thursday amid tight security.

The actor turned politician Sidhant Mohapatra plays the role of a Maoist leader in the film.

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. BJD Lok Sabha member, Prasanna Patsani, also features in the movie in a special appearance.
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