THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Actor Mohanlal has proposed restriction on the release of foreign and other Indian language films during festival seasons in Kerala.
Addressing a Meet-the-Press programme organised here on Wednesday, he said such restriction was imperative to save the crisis-ridden Malayalam cinema industry. “The few films released in Malayalam are mostly confined to festivals like Onam, Vishu and Christmas. And even at these times, we have to compete with foreign and other language films that are released in five to six prints at the same time. So if we have to save Malayalam cinema, we must regulate the release of films from outside the industry. Many other States are doing this,” he said.
He stressed the need to improve the quality of theatres to attract more film lovers.
Mohanlal said the production cost or remuneration of artistes was not the real crisis of Malayalam film industry but lack of good stories and scripts. Speaking about his latest film “Ividam Swargamanu,” Mohanlal said it was about the land grab mafia in Kerala. “This film gave me a chance to act in a social satire after a long interval. I am sure it will be an eye-opener for the people of Kerala,” he said.
Mohanlal said he was planning to do two plays ‘Ujjaini’ by poet O.N.V. Kurup and a Sanskrit play titled ‘Vikramorvasiyam’ by Kavalam Narayana Panicker. He said he was also planning to invite Amitabh Bachchan to do a role in director Major Ravi’s project.
Director of ‘Ividam Swargamanu’ Roshan Andrews said the film was partially based on his own personal experiences. “This is a film that every ordinary citizen in Kerala must see because it delves into the issues and conspiracies related to land deals and the land mafia in our State. We have done a lot of research to make this film,” Mr. Andrews said.