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Lissy Priyadarshan has disowned her father, but he says can't do without her financial support and is fighting for it

N. D. Varkey, father of Lissy Priyadarshan, in Kochi on Wednesday.— Photo:Vipin Chandran
N. D. Varkey, father of Lissy Priyadarshan, in Kochi on Wednesday.— Photo:Vipin Chandran

It is not the kind of fame any father longs for. But for N. D. Varkey, a septuagenarian, the prolonged courtroom showdown with his celebrity daughter is to ensure that he gets the financial support to see through the evening of his life.

Mr. Varkey attributes his headline-grabbing legal spars with actor daughter Lissy Priyadarshan to just one thing, helplessness. He would not have sought the help of his daughter if not for a fall from the stair at his residence in Kothamangalam that left him severely injured eight years back, or so claims a bleary eyed Varkey during a conversation with The Hindu at a wayside tea shop at Palarivattom on Wednesday.

Mounting debt and pressure from a private financing company that gave him a loan to run poultry business further forced him to the doorstep of his daughter. “I always wanted a compromise and never wanted to enter in to a legal battle with Lissy. But she disowned me, even going to the extent of saying that I was not her father,” he said.

Varkey has one question for her daughter. If he’s not her father why she hasn’t filed a defamation against him till date?

From his view point seeking financial support from his daughter at old age is justified. “After all I had helped Lissy during her school days at Pazhanganad lower primary school and St. Antony’s School at Kacheripady. But I admit that I could not fulfil all her needs especially when Lissy was doing her pre-degree course. My earnings were low and had to struggle a lot especially after I fell from the stair in 2004,” he said.

Mr. Varkey said that he was forced to wind up the poultry business after he failed to repay the Rs. 1.3 lakh loan taken from a private finance firm in Kothamangalam. “I would be able to repay the principle amount with the Rs. 1.15 lakh deposited by Lissy as maintenance arrears before the district Collector,” he said.

Asked why he had failed to take care of her daughter, Mr. Varkey said that Lissy’s lifestyle had changed after she became a movie star and he could not meet her requirements. “But I have no ill feelings against her and wish that she agrees to provide me the monthly maintenance that would help me in remitting the interest of the loan,” he said.

Before trying his luck in business, Mr. Varkey had worked as an advocate clerk for a few years at Muvattupuzha court and Kerala High Court. “I also work as a security personnel for people who are ready to accept my disability,” he said holding on to the walking stick that has now become his constant companion.

Mr. Varkey, who parted ways with Lissy’s mother, later got married and is now settled in Kothamangalam. “I am now staying at my brother’s house in Panayikulam, as I had to keep shuttling to the high court as part of the ongoing case,” he said.

“I always wanted a compromise and never wanted to enter in to a legal battle with Lissy. But she disowned me, even going to the extent of saying that I was not her father.”

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