Celebrities shower praise on Prithviraj
Following the attack on a popular actress in Kochi, Malayalam film industry has come under a lot of criticism. There have been gross allegations about the relationship between top stars and criminals. Many have alleged about the links between real estate mafia and contract criminals with leading stars in the industry. Another section feels that there is an underlying agenda of misogyny in most of the Malayalam movies.
Actor Prithviraj Sukumaran yesterday (February 25) took to his official social media page to apologize for having mouthed misogynistic dialogues in the early phase of his career. He declared that he will not be acting in any such movies hereafter. But he was quick to add that being an actor he might have to act in grey shaded roles that demand such traits, but he will make sure those characters are not glorified.
He wrote, “And to those voices I apologize..for at an age and time when I wasn’t wise enough..I have been part of films that celebrated misogyny..I have mouthed lines that vilified regard for your self respect and I have taken a bow to the claps that ensued. NEVER AGAIN..never again will I let disrespect for women be celebrated in my movies! Yes..I’m an actor and this is my craft! I will whole heartedly trudge the grey and black with characters that possess unhinged moral compasses…but I will never let these men be glorified or their actions justified on screen.”
Later in the day, the attacked actress resumed her work by joining the sets of Prithviraj’s upcoming movie Adam. Prithviraj requested the media to disperse and not to create an uncomfortable atmosphere for his co-star who is returning back to work after a tragic incident.
Prithviraj has been getting appreciation from all corners of the society especially from the industry insiders for his humility in admitting his mistake and trying to rectify it. Celebrities like Tovino Thomas, Aashiq Abu, Dileesh Pothen, Mia George, Meera Nandan, Rajith Menon, Sithara, Pearle Maaney, Sharanya, Manju Warrier, Alagappan and many others praised Prithviraj for both his humility and his willingness to stand up for his colleague.