Nationwide award-winning actor Salim Kumar mentioned on Tuesday that he was not on the listing of 24 movie personalities who will mild a lamp on the Kochi leg of the Worldwide Movie Competition of Kerala (IFFK) as he was a Congress supporter.
“This can be a competition performed by these affiliated to the Communist Social gathering of India (Marxist). I used to be informed that my age was a bar for being invited to the inaugural perform, through which 24 individuals who had gained awards at varied ranges will mild the lamp,” he alleged.
Mr. Salim Kumar identified that filmmakers similar to Aashiq Abu and Amal Neerad, who’re a part of the listing, had studied together with him at Maharaja’s School, Ernakulam. “I might be elder to them by three or 4 years. Furthermore, I’m not a 90-year-old,” he mentioned.
The actor mentioned he wouldn’t attend the occasion even when his title was included now because the organisers had insulted him.
“They’ve succeeded in guaranteeing that I’m not a part of the inaugural perform,” he mentioned.
‘No political causes’
Filmmaker Kamal, chairman of the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, denied the allegations whereas saying that there have been no political causes for not having the actor on the inaugural perform. “The organising committee, which comprised members of assorted movie commerce our bodies, had included new-generation movie personalities amongst those that would mild the lamp on the event,” he mentioned.
Requested whether or not Mr. Salim Kumar’s title had figured on the listing, Mr. Kamal mentioned he wanted to verify with the organising committee. Nevertheless, he mentioned that the competition in Kochi couldn’t be held with out the presence of Mr. Salim Kumar.