Of ban on beef and digging up old videos

It was the turn of Suresh Gopi, Malayalam Cinema’s own angry young man of the 1990s, to court some controversy this week. Following the decision by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Maharashtra to ban cattle slaughter and to make possession of beef punishable by up to three years in prison, some journalists went to Suresh Gopi for an opinion, perhaps knowing his recent political leanings.

The star, known for expressing himself openly and loudly, much like some of his popular characters, said that if the Kerala government passed an anti-cow slaughter law, he would “obey it as it is my duty as a citizen.”

As a parting shot, he said, without being prompted — “Anyway, none of us eats it and this thing is not allowed inside my house too.”

Now, this set off a wave of criticism as many interpreted it to be his support for the ban. His recent closeness to the BJP did play its part in such interpretations.

It was hardly a month ago that he had made some comments at a protest meeting for the Vizhinjam port and ended up getting heavily criticised across the media.

Anyway, two days after he made his beef comment, a video surfaced online, in which he was seen making just the opposite remarks on beef. In the video, shot for a radio station in the Gulf, he says that his weight increased much because of beef consumption. With his latest comments being fresh in everyone’s memory, the video went viral in no time.

The jury is still out on which of those comments is true. The verdict has to wait until he makes one more comment or until another old video surfaces.

(Reporting by

S.R. Praveen)

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