Kerala politicians stand by actor Mammootty facing online harassment, call him State’s pride


Actor Mammootty (file)

Actor Mammootty (File) | Photo Courtesy: Tulsi Kakkat

Left and Congress party politicians in Kerala have rallied behind Malayalam superstar Mammootty, who is facing online harassment from some right-wing supporters in connection with one of his films released two years ago.

Controversy arose after a post claiming this film was made on social media platforms PuzhuThe film, released in 2022, was “anti-Brahminism”.

Some of them also used Mammootty's birth name, Muhammad Kutty, to criticize the National Award-winning actor in connection with the film, a psychological drama directed by debutant filmmaker Rathina PT.

The controversy erupted after the woman director's husband gave a recent interview to an online channel, in which he claimed that the film was against a particular community and criticized Mammootty for doing the film.

Rejecting the social media campaign against the legendary actor, Kerala ministers V. Sivankutty and K. Many people, including Rajan and AICC general secretary KC Venugopal, came out in support of Mammootty.

Senior CPI(M) leader and General Education Minister V. Sivankutty put out a Facebook post sharing a photo of himself with the actor, who has won three National Awards besides several other awards.

“Mammootty is the pride of Malayali people,” the minister said in a Facebook post.

CPI leader and Revenue Minister K. Rajan also described Mammootty as “the pride of Kerala and Malayalees”.

The minister alleged that there was “Sangh Parivar politics” behind such campaigns and said such campaigns would not yield the desired results in Kerala. “This is Kerala,” he said, pointing to the people behind the campaign.

Recalling a similar campaign launched against noted director Kamal some time ago, the minister said, “Sanghi politics of calling Mammootty as Mohammed Kutty, Kamal as Kamaluddin and Vijay as Joseph Vijay will yield no results here.”

Sharing similar views, Mr Venugopal strongly supported Mammootty and said the state's secular society would not support such publicity.

He said that no matter how much they try to defame a person with clear political views and acting skills, the people of the state will not support him.

'Vested interests'

In a Facebook post, the Congress leader further said that it is the duty of Kerala society to take care of the actor without being affected by the “poison of hate campaigns”.

A person like Mammootty cannot be restricted to the confines of religion and caste, he said, adding that vested interests are doing so with a clear political agenda.

“Mammootty is only Mohammed Kutty in the disgusting minds of those hate preachers,” the leader said.

The actor has not yet reacted to this controversy.

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