Actress Revathy slammed Mohanlal for calling the #MeToo movement a fad. The actor, during a press meet in the UAE last week, had labelled the movement a trend while also saying that things were fine in the Malayalam film industry.
Quoting Malayalam film director Anjali Menon who said that only people living on a different planet could afford to stay ignorant of the abuse faced by women, Revathy condemned Mohanlal’s statement without naming him.
#MeToo movement a ‘FAD’ says a Renowned ACTOR. How do we bring some degree of sensitivity in such people? Like Anjali Menon says, the people who have just arrived from MARS have no clue what it means to get abused, what it takes to call out and how this can bring about change!!!
— Revathy Asha (@RevathyAsha) November 21, 2018
Mohanlal also said in an interview following the press meet that he didn’t deem himself fit to comment on the issue as he hadn’t gone through a MeToo experience. Later on, the actor jokingly said that men too should start a #MeToo movement.
In his response, Prakash Raj called out the Pulimurugan star for passing casual remarks on an issue of great importance like #MeToo.
Revathy, a member of the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC), has been at loggerheads with the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) president Mohanlal for a while now. The actress had condemned Mohanlal for referring to the four members who resigned from his association as merely ‘actresses’ and not by their name. Rima Kallingal, Remya Nambeesan, Geetu Mohandas and the actress who is a survivor of sexual assault, had tendered their resignation as a sign of protest over the association’s decision to reinstate the accused-actor Dileep into the organisation.
In the past, Mohanlal and Revathi have been part of several hit films like Varavelppu (1989), Deasuram (1993) and Iruvar (1997). Kilukkam, directed by Priyadarshan and starring the two actors, released in 1991 and went on to become one of the biggest hits in Malayalam cinema.