Ramesh Chennithala said that the film industry is under the grip of money launderers and underworld mafia.

Malayalm film industry in the grip of black money lobby cleanse it Chennithala demands
news Politics Friday, October 20, 2017 - 17:14

In a letter written to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in July that has been made public now, the senior Congress leader alleged that the Malayalam film industry was under the grip of money launderers and underworld mafia.

He demanded a comprehensive inquiry into his allegations.

Ramesh Chennithala said that there was enough media reports to prove that the Malayalam film industry is under the grip of mafia and black money hoarders.

"In the film industry, illegal real estate deals that challenge the legal system and aid black money conversion are regularly undertaken. Moreover, goonda and quotation teams have spread their roots within the film industry, to provide backing to the illegal activities being carried out within the industry. Media reports of recent times are proof of this. The most recent example to prove this is the attack on a prominent woman actor and the subsequent arrest of another actor and others," Chennithala wrote.

"People associated with the film industry have themselves agreed that such undesirable activities have taken roots in the industry for over a decade," he said.

Providing certain statistics to substantiate his argument, Chennithala said that despite several of the films ending up as flops, there was no dearth in the number of films that were released every year.

"Despite many of their films not attaining success, there is no dearth in the number of films these directors make. Who are funding these films, where does the money come from?" he questioned.

"On an average, 125-150 films release every year. From this, not more than 10 films are commercial successes. But this doesn't impact the number of films that are released year after year. It is to be investigated, how the decrease in the number of films that are commercial successes do not translate into the decrease in the number of films made. Of these 150 films that are released every year, the public will not even be aware of what has happened to at least 40% of them. In 2014, 150 films were made and people have no clue what happened to at least 60 of the films. Therefore, an investigation has to be carried out to understand whether black money conversion is happening in the name of producing films," he wrote in the letter. 

 

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