Director Priyanandanan criticised the involvement of Malayalam superstars Mohanlal and Mammootty in the field of Drama. It was merely a show, he said. They have not even uttered a dialogue on the stage. He was hinting at the performances of the superstars in the dramas they staged recently.
“Everything was recorded and they were just giving lip movement. It could not project the aesthetics of histrionics. How can we call this a drama? An artiste performing on stage should act with total involvement and it gives perfection to the drama." Priyanandanan expressed this opinion at a press meet in Thrissur on Tuesday in connection with the announcement of P.J. Antony Memorial Drama script contest winners conducted by the theatre group 'PART'.
He also criticised Amitabh Bachchan, Priyadarshan and director Kamal for their criticism against Slumdog Millionaire. He said that they have no right to speak against Slumdog Millionaire, because they are the persons who have made film making a sponsored programme. “It is through Slumdog Millionaire that we could affirm the other side of India. A film maker should also bring out that side, not to hide it."