Cult leader de­nies his films are pro­pa­ganda

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He claims to have 50 mil­lion fol­low­ers and runs a spir­i­tual em­pire that pro­motes veg­e­tar­i­an­ism and cam­paigns against drug ad­dic­tion. But the self-styled God-man from the north In­dian state of Haryana has an­other pas­sion: Bol­ly­wood.

The leader of a quasi-re­li­gious sect – who calls him­self Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji In­san – has launched a film fran­chise in which he stars as a INMes­sen­ger of God, or MSG for short, with divine pow­ers to save the world.

Crit­ics say the films serve as pro­pa­ganda for his fol­low­ers, which In­san doesn’t dis­pute.

Speak­ing re­cently, the flam­boy­ant spir­i­tual guru said he was not try­ing to be­come a movie star but in­stead wanted to spread In­dian cul­ture along with his mes­sage of hu­man­ity to the masses. “You will see in this film that our cul­ture was so pow­er­ful that the tech­nol­ogy that the aliens are bring­ing, it had al­ready been used by our an­ces­tors. That is why the scenes ap­pear larger than life,” said In­san. With a guar­an­teed au­di­ence among his fol­low­ers, In­san said he's had lit­tle trou­ble get­ting his films re­leased com­mer­cially in cine­mas. In his third film, re­leased last week and ti­tled MSG – The Warrior Lion Heart, In­san plays a se­cret agent armed with a twirled mous­tache and an as­sort­ment of swords to fight the aliens and UFOs. “In my first two films, I ap­peared as a guru. In this film, I am play­ing a char­ac­ter,” he said. “I play a warrior who is also In­dia's top se­cret agent. If you see his back­ground, he is a warrior who fights with aliens.” In­san main­tains com­plete con­trol over his film pro­duc­tions. In the lat­est, he is cred­ited in 30 cat­e­gories of the film, in­clud­ing stunts, ed­i­tor and make-up artist.

AP­PEAL: In­san ar­rives at a press con­fer­ence for his new movie MSG – The Warrior Lion

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