Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Chairman of the Kerala State Film Development Corporation (KSFDC) Ltd. and film director K.G. George has refused to be drawn into the controversy involving veteran actor Thilakan and members of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA).

Addressing a press conference on Friday to announce the opening of a unit of the Chitranjali Studio here, Mr. George said he was intentionally staying away from the controversy since he was no longer an active filmmaker.

He said the present issue was more about a squabble between actors and that he was not sure his intervention would either be welcomed or help resolve the problem. His association with the KSFDC also limited the possibility of such an intervention. Besides, it would only help to create enemies, Mr. George said.

Asked whether it was fit for a filmmaker of his stature to be scared by the possibility of making enemies, he said he had no such fear and that he had indeed openly said in the past, much before the present controversy, that there was a reign of superstars in the industry. He felt it still prevailed and cited it as one of the reasons why he had not made any films of late.

N. Ayappan, Managing Director of the KSFDC, said the present situation was unfortunate and urged the parties concerned to resolve the issue through discussions and uphold the State's cultural heritage. He said though the KSFDC had no plan to intervene in the row as of now, he did not rule out such a possibility in the future with the approval of the government. Mr. Ayappan said he had a very good rapport with actors and was prepared to leverage it with the consent of the government.

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