He supported the suggestion of delaying the release of other language films in Kerala for the sake of Malayalam films. He said, “Otherwise we shouldn't be able to compete with them. More Malayalam films will surely become successful if experiments were done like Tamil films. But our censor board would not compromise with it. If Rama Ravana was released soon after the preview at Chennai months back, it would have got moderate collection. But strike spoiled the film."
Replying to the comment that he was not selective in doing films he said, “They should go and watch the films and without watching films they are simply abusing me. These type of sarcasm would further lead the life of the artiste vulnerable and may throw them out of the industry. Thilakan is a very good example for such an incidence. Some people coming from Gulf countries told me that they have stopped watching Malayalam films, only because Thilakan has being expelled from the industry. Denying anyone the right to work is unfortunate. No artiste should have such an experience in future. In all these oddities Mammootty has the guts to act with an 18 year old heroine and cunningly becoming the winning hero. We have no such mentality and that may be our fault'," he added.
Director Biju Vattappara and producer Rafi Mathira also attended the function.
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