After a quiet two years, owing to the Covid pandemic, Mollywood discovered its rhythm again in 2022. However, the business, which noticed some nice content material being churned out this 12 months, was sadly not freed from it is share of controversies. We look again on the points that rocked the leisure business this 12 months.
Leading actress breaks her silence on sexual assault case
Actress Bhavana undoubtedly owned the beginning of 2022. On January 10, the actress, who was until then solely addressed because the survivor within the sexual assault case, determined to finish her silence and recount the psychological trauma and her battle to ‘see justice prevail’. The crisp-yet-strong public publish discovered a whole lot of supporters, with many hailing her resolution and braveness to come back ahead. Even these from the business, together with Mammootty and Prithviraj, who remained silent for therefore lengthy, got here out overtly in assist of the actress. On March 6, the actress nonchalantly confronted the cameras for the primary time in 5 years and narrated the ordeal intimately in an interview with award-winning journalist Barkha Dutt. The interview was watched by thousands and thousands on social media.
Allegations in opposition to movie producer Vijay Babu
Yet one other sexual assault controversy rocked Mollywood after a younger actress filed a police criticism in opposition to actor and producer Vijay Babu, alleging he had assaulted her on a number of events. The actress additionally filed a criticism in opposition to Vijay Babu to the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA). However, the physique refused to take motion. The inner complaints committee (ICC) inside AMMA, headed by a gaggle of feminine artists, additionally demanded a good probe into the difficulty. When AMMA members, helmed by Mohanlal, didn’t take motion, just a few of the ICC members, together with Maala Parvathi, Kuku Parameshwaram and Shwetha Menon stepped down from their posts in protest.
Meanwhile, Vijay Babu drew flak after he revealed the survivor’s title on social media with the intent to disgrace her. The actor then fled to Dubai to evade arrest. When he later returned, he was given conditional pre-arrest bail by the Kerala High Court.
Jury slammed for snubbing Indrans for his efficiency in ‘Home’
‘Home’, directed by Rojin Thomas was undoubtedly took the cake in 2021 and so there was little doubt in anybody’s thoughts that the movie would obtain accolades for each the content material and performances when the Kerala State Film Awards had been introduced this 12 months. However, the film acquired a significant snub because the jury didn’t get any recognition from the jury. Though there have been speculations that the movie didn’t obtain the award because it’s producer Vijay Babu was dealing with assault expenses, the jury chairperson Saeed Akthar Mirza clarified that they had been unaware of the fees and the choice was taken independently.
Controversy erupts after playback singer Nanjiyamma wins nationwide award
The South Industry, together with Mollywood received massive on the 68th National Award in 2022. It was undoubtedly an enormous second for Kerala, when the jury named Nanjiyamma as the most effective feminine playback singer for the tune Kalakatha Sandhana from the film ‘Ayyappanum Koshiyum’. Though most individuals had been blissful for the folks singer, some slammed the jury for overlooking years of laborious work of skilled professionals who had been extra deserving of the award. Many musicians within the leisure business additionally got here out in assist of Nanjiyamma. The singer additionally received the hearts of the viewers when she carried out the tune on the Vigyan Bhawan after receiving the award.
Sanal Kumar Sasidharan accused of defaming, stalking Manju Warrier, held
Award-winning movie director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan who is thought for works like S Durga (earlier referred to as Sexy Durga) and ‘Ozhuvudivasathe Kali’ was arrested after main Mollywood actress Manju Warrier filed a criticism in opposition to him for defaming her on social media. The director saved claiming that Manju’s life was at risk as she had testified within the conspiracy case to hurt officers investigating the actress assault case, involving Dileep. He additionally claimed that Manju Warrier was not replying to his posts as she was being held hostage by her supervisor.
Manju had additionally reporteldy complained that Sanal Kumar had been stalking her since 2019, following which Sanal Kumar was booked below part 354D (stalking) of the Indian Penal Code. However, he was granted bail a day after the police arrested him by the Aluva First Class Judicial Magistrate Court.
Woman filmmaker raises protest in opposition to Chalachithra Academy at competition venue
‘Asangadithar’ director Kunjila Mascilamani stirred up a hornet’s nest after she barged into the Kairali Theatre in Kozhikode in the course of the inauguration of the third Women’s International Film Festival. The filmmaker was reportedly upset that the Kerala State Chalachithra Academy, which had been the competition organisers, didn’t embody her movie on the competition. Kunjila reportedly made a scene after she instantly questioned Renjith, who’s the academy chairman, why her movie was not included on the competition. While being faraway from the stage, Kunjila additionally raised slogans in opposition to the CPM and chilef minister Pinarayi Vijayan, whereas shouting her solidarity to Vadakara MLA and RMP chief Ok Ok Rema. Ranjith dismissed the filmmaker’s protest as ‘mischief’.
Journalist recordsdata verbal abuse criticism in opposition to Sreenath Bhasi
Actor Sreenath Bhasi, who had hogged the limelight earlier within the 12 months for crooning ‘Parudeesa’ in Bheeshma Parvam, discovered himself in bother in September after a journalist filed a criticism in opposition to him on the Maradu Police station in Kochi. The journalist of a number one YouTube channel was reportedly verbally abused by the actor in the course of the query and reply spherical of the promotion of ‘Chattambi’. A portion of the foul language he used additionally went viral on social media. The actor was arrested and was additionally compelled to bear a drug take a look at . He, additionally denied the fees levelled in opposition to him.
Following the criticism, the Kerala producers’s affiliation additionally imposed a short lived ban on the actor, from appearing in movies. The complainant later withdrew the criticism citing that the actor apologized for his behaviour. The ban in opposition to the actor was additionally lifted not too long ago.
Two younger actresses assaulted at Kozhikode mall
An enormous furor broke out after two younger and main actresses in Mollywood alleged they had been sexually assaulted at a mall in Kozhikode in the course of the promotion of their movie ‘Saturday Night’. Both the actresses Grace Antony and Saniya Iyappan later took to social media to disclose their expertise on the mall. A video of one of many actress’s slapping the perpetrators on the mall had additionally gone viral. Several actors and actresses condemned the incident.
Thykkoodam Bridge alleges plagiarism by ‘Kantara’ filmmakers
Rishab Shetty’s movie ‘Kantara’ waded into controversy after Thaikkudam Bridge, a preferred musical band from Kerala, alleged the filmmakers of plagiarizing their tune ‘Navarasam’ for ‘Varaha Roopam’ composed by Ajaneesh Lokanath. According to Thaikkudam Bridge, related ragas utilized in ‘Navarasam’ had been utilized in ‘Varaha Roopam’. The band took the makers to court docket for copyright violation. Following this, the Kozhikode Sessions Court ordered an injuction to the makers to not play the tune in theatres. Other streaming platforms had been additionally not allowed to play the tune.