Ever since the Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was sent to jail in the sadhvi rape case, controversies surrounding him are failing to stop. A day after it was reported that Honeypreet Singh, who is Ram Rahim’s adopted daughter has confessed to inciting Panchkula violence after the Dera chief’s arrest, a bizarre revelation brings to light that Ram Rahim used to charge whopping Rs 6.43 crore for acting in his own films. A report by Aaj Tak while citing the documents in India Today’s possession state that the Dera chief used to charge over Rs 6 cr from his own production company: Haqiqat Entertainment Private Limited. He made movies like MSG The Messenger, MSG 2, Lion Heart 1, Lion Heart 2 and Jattu Engineer under this production house.
Ram Rahim made his entry to the big screen in 2015 with MSG: The Messenger (also known as MSG: The Messenger of God). Apart from playing the lead role in the movie, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was also credited as co-director, co-cinematographer, co-editor, songwriter, and stuntman, in his film debut. The film was based on the life of a spiritual leader who is on a quest to eradicate drugs and gender-related issues.
His last movie Jattu Engineer released in May this year. It revolved around an underdeveloped village that is struck by poverty, unemployment, and drug menace and how a teacher transforms the fate of the villagers with his deep-dyed gumption to uplift the living standards of the village. The movie will also highlight the PM Narendra Modi’s dream project – Swachh Bharat Mission.
On 2 September 2017, the Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) and the Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA) banned Singh from future work in Indian film and television for “criminality and moral turpitude”.