The yet-to-be-released Malayalam movie 'Minnal Murali’ is in the news because the set of a church meant for the movie was on Sunday demolished by Hindutva activists belonging to Bajrang Dal and another group, in Kerala.
Hours after the demolition, which allegedly made the producers of the movie suffer a monetary loss of Rs 50 lakh, Tovino Thomas (actor and the film's male lead), expressed disappointment. He wrote on Facebook that all the rightful permissions from the concerned authorities were acquired to erect the set at the said location. As per the demolition squads, the makers had put up the set near a Hindu math without securing permissions.
"And as we were about to start shooting in this set – which was built on a considerable cost, the whole country went into lockdown, following which our shoot was paused, just like all others’. It is during this prevailing uncertainty that this contractual set was destroyed by a group of racialists yesterday. The reasons they cite for this unceremonious act are not understood to our senses till now. We’ve heard of movie sets being vandalised by religious fanatics in Northern parts of India. Now, it’s happening to us right here," Tovino Thomas wrote.
His fellow Malayalam actor Dulquer Salmaan has supported him, saying that some people "don’t seem to realize the effort, emotions talent and cost that go into creating something".