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Bineesh, Anil patch up on FEFKA’s intervention

All is well: Filmmaker Anil Radhakrishna Menon and actor Bineesh Bastin at the conciliatory talks convened by Film Employees Federation of Kerala in Kochi on Monday.

All is well: Filmmaker Anil Radhakrishna Menon and actor Bineesh Bastin at the conciliatory talks convened by Film Employees Federation of Kerala in Kochi on Monday.  

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However, the actor says he will not act in the director's next movie

The row over the alleged refusal by Malayalam filmmaker Anil Radhakrishnan Menon to share the stage with actor Bineesh Bastin at a function held at Government Medical College, Palakkad, ended on Monday following the conciliatory talks convened by the Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA).

However, Mr. Bastian, who spoke to mediapersons along with Mr. Menon, B. Unnikrishnan, general secretary of FEFKA, and its president Sibi Malayil, said he would not act in the director's next movie as he was not mentally prepared for it after Thursday’s incident.

Sit-in

He had staged a sit-in protest alleging that Mr. Menon had refused to share the stage with him. The filmmaker said he was ready to offer a role to the actor in his forthcoming venture and will look for others if Mr. Bineesh refused to take it up.

Terming the attempts to bring in the ‘caste angle’ to the controversy as ‘unfortunate’, Mr. Unnikrishnan said Mr. Menon had already clarified that he had never made any such remarks.

“We have also warned our executive committee members who had reacted to the issue without verifying the facts to refrain from making such statements in the future,” he said.

Gender equality

Mr. Unnikrishnan said the trade body will sensitise its members on gender equality, women safety and the changes in the work culture prevalent in the industry. “We are also open to criticism and remain committed to correcting ourselves while ensuring that all are equal at the workplace,” he said.

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