Real life can wait but Tej Pratap cannot. So Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son, who is also the Health Minister in the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government, donned the waistcoat of a Chief Minister for a film.
Tej Pratap is playing a CM in a Bhojpuri film titled ‘Aphrana Udyog’ which focusses on the rampant kidnapping-for-ransom cases in the state.
Ironically the film highlights a real problem in crime-infested Bihar.
Tej Pratap during the shooting of a sequence from the film.
But the minister was clearly happy acting as a CM before a camera at Rajgir in Nalanda district on Sunday.
And like in real life where he perhaps needs some help with the work, Tej Pratap needed help with the dialogues.
Tej Pratap parroted the words spoken by a dialogue prompter as if it was his oath taking ceremony.
In his sequence, he is trying to pacify an agitated crowd assuring them (just like a minister) that timely action will be taken against the culprits.
He tells that the cases of abduction are but a ploy of the Opposition to malign the image of his on-screen party.
But even as Tej Pratap felt proud in sharing the ‘other facet to his personality’ on his official Facebook page, onlookers were not pleased. They reminded the minister that he holds the Health portfolio and should, therefore, do something about the government hospital at Rajgir which is lying in a deplorable state. Bhojpuri actor Chhotu Chhalia plays the leadin the film. There is no doubt that Tej Pratap will perform this role with élan just like he has been performing in his real life role of a minister (that analysis is according to bureaucrats and some media houses). He is politically incorrect, you say? Does that even matter in Bihar?