‘Kalimannu’ gives birth to more controversies
The controversy surrounding the movie ‘Kalimannu’, which depicts the pregnancy pangs of actress Shweta Menon, seems to be coming out of its cradle and taking baby steps to growth, as the Mahila Morcha activists on Monday announced that they would stall the screening of the movie in Kerala.
“We urge the Censor Board and the state government not to allow its screening here. Otherwise, the activists of the Mahila Morcha will stall the film’s release,” said Shobha Surendran at a press meet in Thrissur.
“Chief Minister Oommen Chandy should intervene in the matter at the earliest and should bring in a law to prohibit such films, which infringe on the morality of the common people,” she added.
“As per the reports, it is learnt that the depiction of Shweta Menon’s motherhood in the movie is so objectionable that it offends the morality of all the right-thinking women,’’ she said.
“The movie is not only polluting the family values and the rich cultural heritage of ancient Bharata but also legitimising a woman’s efforts to sell her moral values for making money and attaining cheap publicity,” she said.
“I will not be surprised if she plans to deliver her second baby at a public place like festival venues as part of making money. This is totally unacceptable for the right-thinking society and if the director and crew go ahead with the release, they will have to face stiff resistance from the Kerala society,” she added.
Recently, Speaker G Karthikeyan had raked up a controversy by questioning the silence of women’s organisations, which protest indecent portrayal of women in advertisements, on the issue. He had further urged society to decide whether the film should be screened or not. The Mahila Morcha activists also said that Minister K B Ganesh Kumar’s stance on this issue was not favourable in Kerala’s culture.