Ban on Shane Nigam: FEFKA agrees to hold discussions
Kochi: The Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA) has decided to hold discussions over the row between actor Shane Nigam and the producers’ association. FEFKA representative B Unnikrishnan told media that they will hold talks once actor Mohanlal, president of Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (A.M.M.A) returns from abroad.
“We will discuss to settle the controversy over issuing ban on Shane Nigam. No movies should be shelved over the issue,” said B Unnikrishnan.
“FEFKA and A.M.M.A should convince the producers’ association. As they are irked by Shane’s statement, they declared that they are not interested in any discussions over the issue. Respecting their emotions, we also called off the discussions,” he added.
At the same time, he pointed out that Shane’s stand on the issue is crucial.
“Shane has issued apology to the producers over the statement. But it is important that how the producers value his apology. On the basis of all these facts, a discussion should be held,” noted Unnikrishnan.
A.M.M.A will hold the executive meeting on December 22 in Kochi. It is reported that the actors’ body will discuss Shane’s issue in the meeting.
Unnikrishan also informed that Shane will be summoned for talks followed by A.M.M.A meeting.
The issue between Nigam and the producers first flared up on November 28 when the latter met and decided that no producer will sign up the actor, whose habit of indiscipline had crossed all limits, and also decided to stop the shooting of two of his films.
They later decided that unless Nigam reimburses the production cost of about Rs 7 core for the two films, the ban on him will not be revoked.
When the attempts of reconciliation were on progress, Shane made a controversial statement terming the producers as mad caps. Following this, producers’ body has decided to take legal action against him and refused to hold talks to settle the issue with him. Associations including A.M.M.A and FEFKA also called off the talks.
Observing this, Shane Nigam tendered an apology over the statement through his Facebook page on Wednesday.
(With added inputs from IANS)