Punathil Kunjabullah has a strange request . He wants the superstars, Mammotty and Mohanlal to stay out of the film industry for a while for the following reasons.
- Forty and Fifty year old actors are acting with eighteen year old girls. This is not our culture
- Superstars are taking high payments are bankrupting producers.
Mammotty, Mohanlal, Kavya Madhavan, Bhavana and Meera Jasmine are portraying characters on screen and not playing themselves. Actors do not portray their real age on screen and with makeup they look much younger or older. Mammotty is a grandfather, but he seems to be getting younger as the years pass by. In Thommanum Makkalum, Mammotty acted as Rajan P. Dev’s son, even though he is older than Rajan P. Dev. Kavya Madhavan played the mother of a young son in Sadananthante Samayam and Meera Vasudev played the mother of a kid who in real life just a few years younger than her in Thanmatra. So long as the characters look convincing on screen, we should not care about their real age.
In India there is this habit of marrying off teenage girls to rich old men who are old enough to be their grandfather as shown in Padom Onnu; Oru Vilapom . If Kunjabdullah had protested against it, we would have understood, since that is reality. But sadly, he is worried about the make belief world of movies.
When Kunjabdullah spends his money, none of us questions him. He should give the same freedom to film producers. If they want to blow up their money on films, let them do it. At one point in time Kunchako Boban used to get paid more than Dileep and now it is the other way. This happened since Dileep movies fetch more returns. If superstars are getting more money, it is because they are that valuable to the producer.
Since the begining of 2005, Mammotty has been on a roll and all his movies have fectched crores in returns. His Rajamanikyam is the top grossing Malayalam films of all times. Mohanlal’s Rasathanthram is also a mega hit. Is Kunjabdullah suggesting that producers spent their money on losing ventures and go backrupt? Why should the film industry be run like public sector companies?