In the aftermath of the assault on a Mollywood film actress in a moving car last week, serious questions have been raised about the industry itself.
Delhi-based senior journalist Ullekh N.P has posed some queries to the film industry that calls for serious introspection.
Ullekh, who has also authored two books including 'Vajpayee, The Untold Story,' has also lashed out at the way certain sections have heaped scorn on media's reportage of the incident in a Facebook post.
"The likes of Rima Kallingal and various others, including a bunch of perfidious buddies in the media fraternity, have heaped scorn on the media for being insensitive about the coverage of the incident.
I am the last one to justify journalistic incongruities, but I want to ask the rabid crowd of the film world to take a look at themselves in the mirror and shed the hypocrisy that guards them against the ugly underbelly of movie business in Kerala.
Shake yourself out of the world of pretense, drugs, crime, rage, jealousy, crass exploitation, deceit and colourful lies that helps you camouflage biting reality - that your make-believe world is as precarious as your next movie in the box office.”
These are the queries which the journalist want Mollywood to answer:
>> Aren't main suspect Pulsar Suni and Martin both currently employees of Lal Creations of actor-director-whatever Lal who offered the victim shelter last night? If so, why has Lal not been arrested yet for questioning (remember a poor guy in Ambalappuzha was picked up by police just because Pulsar Suni happened to visit his home after the incident. Different laws for the powerful and commoners?)
>> Wasn't the last call that went to Pulsar Suni's phone from producer Anto Joseph, who turned up at Lal's house as the so-called savior of the victim? If so, how come he had the number of a criminal on his contact list? Why is it that these people are still employees of Lal?
>> Didn't Martin spend time at Lal's home after the assault before he fled?
>> Has Anto Joseph been questioned by cops? If not, why isn't he? (Call records and police confirm that it was after his call that Pulsar Suni switched off his phone)
>> How come that Lal is oblivious of the activities of these criminal-drivers who, it emerges now, are notorious gangsters and drug suppliers with dubious bonafides?
>> Why is it that Rima Kallingal did not attend Sunday's protest in Kochi after having gone berserk on social media? Is there more to her absence there than meets the eye?
There are more such questions. Try to answer them rather than tilt at the media. The rampant criminalization of the film industry needs to end. Stop the hypocrisy - Ullekh concluded his FB post.