Minister criticises actors for not attending award ceremony; Joy Mathew says he was not invited
Palakkad: Minister for Culture A. K. Balan harshly criticized the leading actors for not attending the Kerala State Film Awards distribution ceremony. The minister also said that some of the prominent actors did not turn up because the award for the best actor was given to Vinayakan. The minister’s statement came during the inauguration of Kairali - Sree theatre complex at Chittur in Palakkad on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, actor Joy Mathew, who attended the programme, responded against the statement made by the minister. He made it clear that he did not attend the award distribution ceremony because he was not invited. He also asked the minister to inquire to the actors, who are also party’s MP and MLA, about the absence of leading actors at the event.
As the statement led to a controversy, minister explained that Joy Mathew was not invited to the ceremony and that he meant the actors who did not attend the function despite being invited. Earlier, the chief minister had criticized the leading actors for not attending the function at the venue of the award distribution itself.
President of the actors’ association and Left wing MP Innocent, association vice president and Left wing MLA K. B. Ganesh Kumar, Sreenivasan, Madhu, Sheela, Kaviyoor Ponnamma and other actors had not attended the event despite being invited, which the chief minister criticized.