Ravi Kissen is furious. The Bihar and Jharkhand Motion Picture Producers' Association has banned him from shooting in Bihar. It has also been announced that none of his movies will be released there.
The problem began when Kissen expressed his support for Mithun Chakraborty who was up in arms against a Bhojpuri filmmaker for dubbing one of his Bengali films, Coolie, and releasing it without his consent.
Upset, the association blacklisted Kissen as well.
"I merely gave a statement that Mithunda is a big star and we have no right to snatch away the audience's favourite actor from them," Kisen grouses.
"In any case, what else can I say? I've to still get a formal a notice from the association. I'm waiting for it."
According to Kissen some vested interests are at work.
"I wish my rivals could move ahead of me in the popularity race on the strength of their performances. I am afraid they have stabbed me in the back," he seethes.
He points out that today at least 100 Bhojpuri films are in various stages of production. Around Rs 1000 crore is at stake. At least 50 movies have him in the lead.
"Back in 2001, when Bhojpuri cinema was on its way out, I had worked hard to bring back its lost glory. Today, it's recognised all over the country.
Udit Narayan's Kab Hoii Gawna Hamar fetched him National Award. This industry is my baby. And they want me to kill my own child," he says.