The ban in Bihar on the films of Ravi Kissen has been lifted - following a written apology by the actor to the Bihar and Jharkhand Motion Picture Producers Association (BJMPPA).
After the month-long ban, he is also free to shoot in Bihar and Jharkand. Also, his films starting with Ekta Kapoor's Gabbar Singh, the costliest Bhojpuri film yet, will be allowed to release without any protests.
Ravi Kissen's written apology for his support for Mithun Chakraborty - who protested against Bihar distributors for dubbing and re-releasing his Bengali film Coolie - has been splashed all over the trade magazines.
"If they want to show it around, that's okay with me," Kissen says nonchalantly.
"They objected to some of my comments. So in my letter, I've maintained that UP and Bihar are my motherland. If I have hurt anyone's sentiments, I apologise sincerely."
Just a week ago, he was adamant of not softening his stand. What prompted the change of heart?
"I re-invented Bhojpuri cinema. I can't stand back quietly and watch vested interests harm my baby," he responds emotionally.
"When the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and Prakash Jha, Shatrughan Sinha and Sanjay Nirupam got involved, I realised that it would be prudent of me to offer an apology and close the chapter once and for all. I'm not bigger than Bhojpuri cinema."
He had gone on record, in the midst of the ban, to talk about ‘vested interests' who were out to harm him. Who are they?
To that he says, "I don't want to take names. I'm a level-headed guy unlike some of my colleagues. At the end of the day, I don't want my producers and the Bhojpuri industry to suffer. So I sent an apology."