Malayalam director Ali Akbar on Tuesday lashed out at the film fraternity, claiming that it deliberately delayed the news of script writer TA Rasaq’s death a day earlier, in order to proceed with an event.
Saying that Rasaq passed away at 11am on Monday, he alleged that the ambulance carrying his body from Kochi was intentionally delayed before it reached Kozhikode.
Rasaq’s death was reported late on Monday night.
In a series of Facebook posts, the director alleged that members of the film fraternity continued with the event in Kozhikode, despite learning about Rasaq’s demise.
His ire was seemingly directed at 'Mohanam' - an event held in Kozhikode on Monday, as a tribute to actor Mohanlal’s acting career.
In another post, his tone turned apologetic towards the late script writer.
“After all this is over, they will all begin to praise you,” he wrote.
He also wrote that Rasaq always made it a point to attend funerals of those in the film industry, and said that it was unfortunate that he was treated in this manner.
He added that Rasaq’s body was displayed at the town hall only as a “token gesture” for film artists to click group photographs with.
Meanwhile, actor Mohanlal expressed his condolence through a Facebook post on Tuesday.