KOCHI: Actor Mohanlal will attend the State Award distribution ceremony which will be held at Thiruvananthapuram on August 8 as the chief guest. It is learnt Mohanlal, who held talks with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Culture Minister A K Balan has expressed his consent to attend the function, accepting the Government’s invitation.
The decision to invite Mohanlal as the chief guest and his positive response are likely to end the recent controversies which have erupted after a collective sent a letter to the CM against the move to invite Lal. However, the collective, which circulated a letter with more than 100 persons signing it against the practice of inviting a chief guest for the State Award function, is yet to give its version on the new developments.
Earlier, actor Prakash Raj, cameraman Santhosh Thundiyil and actor-director Sidharth Shiva whose names were included in the list of persons who signed the letter had clarified they were misguided by a section of film personalities on the content of the letter.
Following the statements by Prakash Raj and team, representatives of various film bodies, including the Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce, FEFKA and AMMA, had alleged a conspiracy behind the letter.
Meanwhile, Dr Biju, who opposed the idea of inviting a chief guest to the occasion, took it to Facebook to express his views. “We learnt AMMA, FEFKA and Producers Association, have given a memorandum to the government. We are happy to know these associations know how to submit a memorandum. We really wish they would have done the same when an actor was abducted,” he posted from his profile Bijukumar Damodaran.
The director said he had deleted his Facebook official page — Dr Biju — following the abuses showered by the fans of some actors and even from friends in the film industry against him on that page.
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“I am deleting the page. I know there is no use in filing a case against them as they claim themselves to be the fans of certain stars. Whenever such a cyber attack, character assassination, threats and racist remarks are made against a person, then we will realise that we are alone. So I have decided to continue my personal profile on social media,” added Biju.