Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: While the State Crime Branch police has begun an investigation into the dubious activities of the Oscar Group of Companies, leading Odia channel OTV has come up with exclusive video coverage of a grand function organised by the company in Surat in October, 2009 in which well-known Ollywood actors and actresses are seen batting for the company.

The video footage shows some Ollywood actors Uttam Mohanty and Papu Pam Pam and actresses Jina and Lipi attending the annual function of Oscar Management Services held in a big hall in Surat, which was organised by Pravas Rout, chairman and managing director (CMD) of Oscar Group of Companies.

These Ollywood stars invited by Rout to attend the function lavished effusive praise for the company in their address.

In his address, Uttam Mohanty, while welcoming the guests present at the function, had said this was his third visit to Surat and he would come again and again if they were with him.

Talking about the Oscar group, Mohanty had said Oscar was a five-letter word with each letter standing for a particular area of activity: namely Oscar Bank, Oscar Media, Oscar Education, Oscar Movies and Oscar Real Estate.

In his address, the former heart-throb also said the Oscar Group was going to produce an Odia movie in which his son Babushan was the hero. Besides, he and his wife Aparajita have also acted in the film. “I hope that with your blessings, the film would be successful,” he added.

Mohanty had also said that with the cooperation and support of the people of Surat, Oscar Group has been able to expand its business. “Let your goodwill be with the company,” he had said.

Showering praise on the Oscar Group, Ollywood actress Lipi said; “No matter how much I praise the company, it would be less than adequate.” Urging the guests to enjoy the occasion, she said she was willing to come again to Surat. “All I can say is Oscar Zindabaad,”
she signed off.

In her address, Ollywood actress Jina had also praised the Oscar Group CMD for inviting her to the function.

Popular Ollywood comedian Papu Pam Pam, in his speech, said the Oscar Group is going to produce a top-of-the-line Odia movie ‘To Akhire Mu’ 60 percent of whose shooting had already been completed. “Cashing in on your goodwill and love, Oscar Group has started going up the ladder. Let your goodwill be with the Oscar Group and the company rolls on like a chariot,” he said.

The video could be an important lead for the Crime Branch, which is probing the Oscar chit fund scam, to determine the nexus between the company and Ollywood.

After his name cropped up in connection with the Oscar chit fund scam, Uttam Mohanty had claimed that he had gone to Surat to promote the film and not the company. But on the evidence of the latest video, it is now clear that his links with went beyond professional demands as an actor.