The state government has packed off an IAS rank officer in Giridh after his dirty dancing for a film in the making went viral.
The deputy development commissioner, Dinesh Prasad, who is second in command in the district administration, had bagged a bit part in a movie being shot in Giridih on a massacre by Left-wing extremists.
He was caught on onlookers’ camera while shaking a leg with artists for the movie, titled Chilkhari EK Dard, based on the 2001 massacre of 21 villagers, including former chief minister Babu Lal Marandi’s younger son, by extremists while watching a cultural programme at midnight.
After the official’s energetic dance sequence went viral and triggered protests, government transferred him to personnel department state headquarters on Wednesday.
The deputy development commissioner of Giridh, which is 70 km from Dhanbad, claims to be “a talented artist” and has justified his role.
“I was acting after duty hours and did nothing wrong by participating in the dance scene,” he said.
The shoot has triggered calls for a ban on the film shooting, and the loudest among them was of Babu Lal Marandi’s brother Nunu Marandi, who had escaped the massacre.
"Including vulgar dance scene in the film is a cruel joke on the sentiments of the family members of 21 people who lost their lives in the Naxal massacre,” said Nunu.
The Jharkhand Vikas Morcha leader said if the state government failed to stop the film shoot he would move the court for a ban.
The film’s director Ali Khan has defended the dance scene. "For the entertainment of audience sometimes masala has to be added. So there is nothing objectionable in it,” he said.