Kerala, May 25: On Sunday, members of Antharashtra Hindu Parishad (AHP) and Bajrang Dal demolished the church set of Malayalam film Minnal Murali and claimed responsibility for the vandalism in a social media post. A day after the incident, actor Tovino Thomas expressed his shock at such acts of vandalism.
He wrote on his Facebook post, "Minnal Murali’s first schedule at Wayanad had been in progress when the set for the second schedule began construction at Kalady. It was carried out by art director Manu Jagad and team, under special instructions by stunt choreographer Vlad Rimburg. For this, we had the proper permissions from the concerned authorities. And as we were about to start shooting in this set – which was built on a considerable cost, the whole country went into lockdown, following which our shoot was paused, just like all others (sic)" ‘Padmaavat’ Movie Controversy: Protesters Vandalise Theatre in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad Ahead of Its Release.
Here's what Tovino Thomas Tweeted:
The actor further added, “It is during this prevailing uncertainty that this contractual set was destroyed by a group of racialists yesterday. The reasons they cite for this unceremonious act are not understood to our senses till now." He also highlighted that there have been several instances of movie sets being vandalised by religious fanatics in Northern parts of India, and now it’s happening here as well.