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Amar Singh stars in Bengali film

india Updated: Sep 03, 2008 10:58 IST

Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh is set to invade reel life playing the role of a conspiring political leader in a Bengali film.

His party colleague and former screen goddess Jaya Prada is also acting in the film - her first Bengali movie - Sesh Sanghat (last conflict) in which she is wooed by Singh.

Jaya Prada plays the part of a girl from a poor family who is physically and mentally exploited by a powerful feudal lobby, forcing her to ultimately join insurgents who promise her justice.

The film, set to hit screens this November, is directed by avant-garde film-maker Ashok Viswanathan.

"Amarji gave a commendable performance. His dialogues in accented Bengali were in keeping with the character he plays and his long association with Kolkata also certainly helped," the director said.

Asked why Singh was chosen for the role, Viswanathan said people associate him with politics. "No other person will be so convincing to the audience."

The film is set in a village on the Bengal-Jharkhand border and also stars Bollywood actors Jackie Shroff, Ashish Vidyarthi and Sabyasachi Chakraborty.

Shroff portrays the role of an IPS officer who discovers the exploitation of the have-nots at the hands of the still dominant feudal section of rural areas and how politics, money and the police contribute to perpetuate the system.

"I have not portrayed the characters in black and white. They are all human beings, having good as well as bad sides," the director said.

The film, which also has some Hindi dialogues in conformity with the place and its inhabitants, is slated for release in November.

On Singh, Viswanathan said the camera-savvy politician has a natural flair for acting.

"He is quite fond of Bengal because he spent several years in Kolkata and can speak in the language. Once I approached him he gave the nod at once and both he and Jaya enjoyed a great rapport on the sets."

The film, produced by Jaya Prada, is centred around the desperate socio-economic condition of the people in tribal hamlets near the state's border and how they are at the mercy of feudal lords, the local mafia, politicians and the police.

Viswanathan said it has reference to the inroads made by Naxalites in the area who goad the exploited to take up arms for ending injustice.