THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Amid the heated debate on the abduction and assault of a leading Malayalam actress last Friday, actor-politician K B Ganesh Kumar said on Tuesday that it true that goonda gangs have become a problem in the Malayalam film industry, some of them patronized by “some actors”.
The abduction and assault of the popular Malayalam actress in Kochi last Friday was carried out by one such gang, he said.
A former minister and a current MLA representing Pathanapuram, Kollam district, in the Kerala Assembly, K B Ganesh Kumar said on Tuesday, "Some actors do use such goonda gangs for personal interests and to assert their strength in the Malayalam film industry."
He added that incidents such as last Friday’s assault on the leading actress have gone unreported on previous occasions.
"The suspect in this incident, as well as other groups, have a history of exploiting people, mainly women, financially and physically. There is an influence of such gangs including a drug mafia in the film industry," said Ganesh Kumar.
"The situation is real and we must accept it. There is no point in being upset with me for speaking the truth," the veteran actor added.
Ganesh Kumar, whose film and TV credits include, Cheppu (1987), Erakal, and Aliyanmarum Penganmarum, "There are wolves in sheep's clothing in the Malayalam industry,” Ganesh Kumar said. “They have to be weeded out."