The Odisha Film Producers & Distributors Guild (OFPDG) has come out in support of actor Manoj Mishra who has allegedly been boycotted by some producers of Ollywood.
Throwing its weight behind the actor, the Guild said that it has not imposed any restrictions on him (Mishra) to act in Odia films.
In a letter to the actor, the Guild stated, “We have come to know that some producers have imposed restrictions on you to act in Odia films. It is unfortunate and it has spiralled into a mega regional discord. The people of western Odisha are hurt by this decision. Even politicians have joined the controversy. Our Odisha is one. There is no place of east, west, north & south Odisha. Our film industry is one as Odia film industry. We respect all the languages which are being spoken within the territory of Odisha.”
The Guild requested Mishra to maintain calm for the betterment of Odia film industry and Odisha as a whole.
Speaking to the reporters, Arun Mohanty, Secretary of OFPDG said, “Banning Manoj Mishra is unfortunate. It should not have done. The OFPDG does not support the ban.”
“The Odisha Film Development Corporation (OFDC) should mediate in the matter as soon as possible and release a press note alleviating the doubt of the western Odisha people that they are not getting chance to make films,” Mohanty added.
The controversy surrounding Manoj Mishra kicked off when the president of the Utkal Cine Chambers of Commerce (UCCC), Sanjay Nayak, also known as Tutu Nayak, announced that there are evidence that the actor was responsible for the protest against the film ‘Ram’ featuring Arindam and Anubhav in Sambalpur. Subsequently, he has been boycotted by a group of producers for a period of two years.
Later in the day, the cine producers’ association, while addressing a press conference in Bhubaneswar, announced that the boycott decision on Manoj Mishra will not be lifted for the time being.