Malayalm superstar Mohanlal to come to Abu Dhabi.
The Tollywood superstar found himself in the soup over #metoo but is gearing up to support a noble cause
He is a legend for every true blue movie fan but Malayalam superstar Mohanlal found himself in the soup recently. He was in Dubai to announce the concert for Kerala flood relief but what got traction was his statement on the burning #metoo controversy. Now, this particular issue has been a rather tricky one down south because the support for women has been lacking from industry men. Also, the organisation Mohanlal heads, Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) has been under cloud for its handling of women’s issues, especially in the wake of the infamous sexual assault case of an actress (in which actor Dileep is accused).
The controversies have been immense and Mohanlal’s dismissal of the #metoo movement as a ‘fad’ triggered a lot of debates. However, the actor is nonplussed and would rather focus on the task at hand – raising nearly INR 5 crore through the concert, held in association with Asianet channel, which is scheduled on December 7 in Abu Dhabi. This will be a star-studded gala with nearly 6570 actors (that’s like getting the entire industry on one platform!) attending and performing on stage. The Padmashri awarded actor spoke passionately to Masala! about wanting to help the floodaffected, how he was looking forward to his own appearance on stage in the Middle East, making efforts to ensure help reached those who needed it, the theme of the show (harmony and unity with the underlying concept of five elements) and wanting to make a difference. But when asked about the issues facing the state and the negative impression created by the Sabarimala temple problem among other things, he preferred to sidestep. Understandable, we guess. It’s not just in Bollywood but even in Tollywood, perhaps more so down South, top actors prefer to stay silent on contentious issues.
But these would matter little to the thousands of fans lining up to watch their favourite stars on stage. And when it’s for a good cause, who’s complaining?