Thiruvananthapuram: It has become common in Kerala that each time the state film awards are announced, a round of controversy follows.
No difference! 'Celluloid,' the film which bagged seven awards in the State film award for 2013 is now mired in a controversy.
This time, former chief minister K Karunakaran and Malayatoor Ramakrishnan have been dragged into the controversy. The film makes an indirect reference to Karunakaran and then senior IAS official Malayatoor Ramakrishnan. Both the men are depicted as having treated Daniel with contempt in the mid-1970s.
Meanwhile, Karunakaran's son K. Muraleedharan MLA lashed out at Kamal saying that it was unfortunate that for the sake of cheap publicity for his film, the director dragged the name of Karunakaran right into his project.
“To have some drama, certain inputs are needed in a film. This matter has to be seen in that light,” Minister for Cinema K.B Ganesh Kumar added his mite to the controversy.
“It is an effort to defame Malayattoor,” writer N.S Madhavan tweeted.
Reacting to the latest controversy, Kamal told reporters that the film was portraying the real history.
The film 'Celluloid' is a period film about the Father of Malayalam Cinema, J.C. Daniel, who produced, directed, wrote, photographed, edited and acted in the first film made in Kerala, "Vigathakumaran" (The Lost Child), in 1928.