Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) State unit secretary T.V. Rajesh has questioned the continued silence on the part of the so-called superstars of Malayalam cinema over the ban on the screening of Kamal Hassan’s film “Vishwaroopam” in the State.

Addressing a meet-the-press programme organised by the Kollam Press Club here on Friday, the DYFI leader said leaders of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA), who were usually vociferous on film-based issues, were maintaining a puzzling silence over the ban on “Vishwaroopam.” He wanted the film personalities of the State to openly condemn the ban.

No interference

He called for putting an end to the interference of leaders of caste and religious outfits into the affairs of the government.

“To achieve this, the unholy nexus between such leaders and politicians should be aborted.” In the context of communal forces trying to make a comeback, the fears expressed by Union Defence Minister A.K. Antony about Kerala “turning into a mental asylum” assumed significance, he said.

DYFI State president M. Swaraj was present. They had arrived here leading the Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram march of the DYFI.