Special Correspondent

KOZHIKODE: The Pazhassi Charitable Trust on Wednesday refuted allegations that “history was distorted” by director Hariharan and scriptwriter M.T. Vasudevan Nair in their film on Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja.

Trust chairman Pramod Kumar and founder-trustee Peeyush M. Namboodiripad told presspersons they were forced to come out in defence of the film’s makers, as attempts had been made to question the treatment of history in the film.

Legal notice

The spokesmen for the trust also released on Wednesday copies of a reply to a legal notice sent by E.K. Madhavan Nair, a resident of Mananthavady to the filmmakers accusing them of having shown Edachena Kunkan, Pazhassi Raja’s army commander, in poor light.

Dr. Pramod Kumar and Dr. Peeyush Namboodiripad said contrary to the charge raised in the legal notice, Edachena Kunkan had been portrayed as a true hero in the film.

The film itself had been successful in projecting Pazhassi Raja, Edachena Kunkan and Thalakkal Chandu as illustrious freedom fighters, they said.

Artistic freedom

“All true patriots in our land are deeply indebted to the director and the script writer of the film for elevating Pazhassi and his men to the level of valorous freedom fighters,” they said at a press conference on Wednesday. They also pointed out that the scriptwriter and director of a film always had the artistic freedom to portray history with an aesthetic touch.