Film-maker confesses ISI-Bhojpuri cinema industry link
Patna,(BiharTimes): Sounds somewhat strange nevertheless true. If Bhojpuri film-maker Gajendra Sharma’s confession before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) special court is to be believed there is a link between Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Bhojpuri film industry.
Gajendra was produced before a NIA special court in Patna on Thursday. A resident of Bakhri village in East Champaran district he had surrendered before the additional chief judicial magistrate of Raxaul on February 13.
According to a senior officer of NIA Gajendra, the proprietor of Dangal Studio at Ghorasahan in East Champaran, came into contact with a Nepal-based Bhojpuri film actor, Brajkishore Giri, who owned Big Bollywood Studio at Birganj in the Himalayan Republic.
He told the court that as he wanted to make a career in the Bhojpuri film industry, he was in constant touch with Giri who was already in that business.
According to him Giri suggested him to work for the latter if he wanted to fulfil his dreams. Giri promised to give a handsome amount in lieu of work assigned to him.
Gajendra used to make videos and music albums at his studio.
Reports said that he initially used to sing at ‘ratri jagrans’ (night-long programmes of devotional songs) to earn Rs 400-500 per night and worked for a Bhojpuri FM radio station.
NIA said Giri arrested in Nepal for his involvement in a double murder case of alleged ISI operatives Arun Ram and Deepak Ram, had acted in Bhojpuri film, ‘Raftar’, and the under-production movie ‘Ae More Jaan Tohray Mein Base Le Hamre Pran’.
Besides, Giri and Gajendra, another suspect, Mukesh Yadav, was also associated with the Bhojpuri movie industry.
It needs to be recalled that on Wednesday last NIA had arrested Rakesh Yadav, absconding in the Ghorasahan case, from East Champaran.
Giri and others were reportedly approached by Shamshul Huda, an alleged UAE-based ISI operative, to carry out subversive activities in India. Huda, who was deported to Nepal from the UAE, had allegedly funded Giri’s group to carry out train derailments.