The words that mega star Mammootty spoke to writer-actor Balachandran Chullikad, about the current situations of Kerala’s society, is what set the social media buzzing. A conversation that the duo shared at one of the sets of their movie, truly reflects today’s social reality. “Earlier when I came to your house, it was just friendship. However, if I pay you a visit at the house now, it would be termed religious harmony,” Mammootty had apparently said to Balachandran Chullikad. The latter said that he felt the need to let the people know about Mammootty’s words, as the social observation made by someone as influential as the mega star can create a perceptible impact.
“Mammootty had said this while we were on a break at a location. He is really upset about what is happening in society today. In fact, all of us are heartbroken. I send his words as a WhattsApp message to my friends and it became viral. When I wrote, what Mammookka spoke to me, as a note, it was to him that I sent it first. He asked me, in a skeptical tone, whether I had to write it. I told him ‘yes’, as his anxiety represents an entire generation,” said Chullikad.
The writer admitted that he was greatly touched by Mammootty’s words and felt the urge to write a note on it, as the actor’s words have the power to create major influence.
“Mammootty was my senior at college. We met each other when he was studying at the Law College, where he was also the arts club secretary. He has been a supporter of the leftist ideals since those days. Even his native place has an inclination towards the left ideology. From the childhood itself we have been supporters of the left and there is absolutely no change in that even today,” noted Chullikad.
Chullikad recalled that one’s religion or caste was never an issue at the Maharajas College, in the past. He added that the students considered political parties as their religion. He observed that religions and religious organizations were acting like political king makers who are indirectly trying to influence the government. “The aim of religious organizations is to grab political power through hook or crook. For that, they would exploit the religious sentiments of the people and create discriminations based on religion and caste. The politics gets religious implications when the latter, as a collective, try to create ruptures in the society,” the writer opened up.
“People are anxious and worried about the current situations. No matter what their religious beliefs or political inclinations are, a huge majority of people wish for peace. It is only a minority which tries to use religion for political advantage. They are the ones who are out on the streets. However, those who crave for peace sit at home, not wishing to be a part of violence. They will react through votes during the election,” said Balachandran Chullikad.