Thrissur: Minister for Culture K.C. Joseph Friday said that he shouldn’t have commented on the controversy related to the recently released State award winning movie Celluloid without watching it.
The controversy over the reported reference to former Chief Minister K. Karunakaran in the film widened the political divide in the State as leaders across the spectrum came out with statements for and against the film and its director Kamal.
K.C. Joseph and K. Muraleedharan MLA had upped the ante against the film, which deals with the life of noted director of yesteryears J.C. Daniel who is known as the father of Malayalam cinema.
Addressing the media at a press conference earlier the week, Joseph accused the film’s director Kamal of trying to portray former the Chief Minister as a person with communal bias. He said the attempt to drag Karunakaran into a controversy was unfortunate.
However, while talking to the media here on Friday, the minister said that he shouldn’t have said it without watching the movie. “If the alleged portrayal of K Karunakaran as a person with communal bias is there in the film, that is not right. That is what I said,” said the minister.
Admitting that he had not seen Celluloid, Joseph said his comments were based on news reports and analyses. ‘I shouldn’t have done it,’ added that minister.