After a brief stint in a couple of Bollywood films, Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh has gone a step ahead doubling up as a script-advisor and actor for a Bengali film.
"This is a film of struggle between the landless and the land grabbers, the haves and the have-nots. The entire story of the film is very topical considering today's situation in West Bengal," Singh, who spent his growing up years in the city, told PTI.
With party leader and actress Jaya Prada producing and playing the lead role in Sesh Sanghat (The Last Conflict), Singh plays the role of an ex-minister in Bengal who sympathises with the tribal movement and guides an honest cop, played by Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff, in dealing with the land agitation issue.
"But I certainly don't want to stick to acting. I am an avid movie buff so I cannot say no to actors whom I have grown up watching. Moreover, Since Jaya is very closely associated to me and my party, how could I have said no to her," he said.
"Amarji assisted us in the script as he's playing a retired minister and there was a lot of technical governmental language used, so he helped us with that. He also helped us in understanding the issue of industrialisation, land acquisition, industrialisation versus tribal rights, etc," National-award-winning director Ashok Viswanathan said.