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

Masala! - - INSIDE... -

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?

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