'Pepe' not a nice guy, backed away from film after accepting Rs 10 lakh: Jude Anthany Joseph

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Film Director Jude Anthany Joseph has come out against actor Antony Varghese, known by his screen name Pepe.

The remark came during an interview on a YouTube channel. The director of the movie '2018' alleged that Pepe has backed away from a project after accepting an advance payment from the film producer. He remarked that many such figures are prevailing in Malayalam Cinema.

He alleged that Pepe accepted Rs 10 lakh from producer Aravind and backed away from the project 18 days before the shooting commenced. He claimed that Pepe used the amount for his sister's marriage.

Jude pointed out that he remained silent on the matter to avoid the film's director getting a bad image. He added that one of his associates directed the film.

"Shane Nigam and Sreenath Bhasi are facing accusations of using ganja and drugs. At the same time, there are ordinary people like Pepe in the industry. Everyone thinks he is a nice guy. However, I haven't shared the nasty things he has done. There are people like him in the film industry. The producer came to me and wept," he said. However, Jude noted that Pepe eventually returned the money.

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