New Delhi: The makers of Malayalam film ‘Bhramam’ starring Prithviraj Sukumaran issued a statement on Monday (March 8) refuting allegations of having discriminated against Ahaana Krishna based on her political affiliations.
The statement read, “We, Open Book Productions, the Executive Producers of the Malayalam film Bhramam hereby categorically deny political affiliations or any other considerations had anything to do with the casting and choice of technicians of the film. The entire decision of the casting and selection of technicians was that of the creative team of Director/DOP/Writer and the Producer. Any changes were as per the demand of the script and also with the consent of Team Bhramam”.
”It is true that we did consider Ahaana but then we have emphatically informed her that the final decision will be after a costume trial and look-test. We had forbid her from telling anyone she is in the film till we officially announce, even if we paid her an advance. But then mysteriously there were news articles stating Ahaana was the heroine which we were neither aware nor was from our side”.
”Unfortunately, the camera test was getting delayed as she was working in another film and later she got infected with COVID-19. Eventually, when we did the photo shoot our Director/DOP/Writer felt she won’t fit the character which we communicated to her and even apologized for the inconvenience and assured her we would work together again”, it added.
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It further added, ”All these facts were conveyed to her at all times and Ms. Ahaana Krishna personally is aware of all this and we are sure won’t blame us for there being any politics in this. As professionals with more than a combined experience of 100 years in cinema we believe and take all precautions that the art of cinema should be untouched by discrimination based on caste, creed, colour, gender, religion or politics”.
The makers expressed regret at the rumours,”We are deeply pained by assumptions that our film was being spoken of here and also regret that the other members of the cast and crew including our lead actor have been drawn into this issue. We would like to categorically state that Mr. Prithviraj Sukumaran or other members in the team had absolutely nothing to do with the casting decisions of Bhramam”.
The film is the remake of the Hindi film ‘Andhadun’. ‘Bhramam’ will mark the directorial debut of Ravi K. Chandran. It stars Raashi Khanna, Mamta Mohandas and Unni Mukundan.