Features Friday, February 06, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | February 2, 2015 | 9:56pm IST Actor Mohanlal finally his broke the silence to inform his critics that he will repay the 1.60 crore that his band – “Lalisom” accepted as remuneration from the government. The actor was being targeted by many for his newly formed band’s poor performance and alleged lip syncing gimmicks at the National Games. Though the actor remained mum till now, Malayalam media reports seem to suggest that Lal is in fact upset about the unforeseen criticism that followed his show. Veteran actor Mohanlal started his band “Lalisom-The Lal Effect” last November in association with music director Ratheesh Wega and eight other musicians. The band’s debuted on Saturday as part of the inaugural ceremony of the 35th National Games at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The Rs. 1.8 crore that was paid included payments to the band and other top singers like Hariharan, Alka Yagnik, M.G. Sreekumar, Sujatha, Udit Narayan and Karthik. Though all top singers were in the lineup, most of the songs were sung by actor Mohanlal himself. The question that enraged many was this- why was public money spent for promoting his amateur band and not for an established musical band. Kerala has to its credit many a number of bands which has shot to international fame for their music like Avial, Motherjane, Karnatriix and Chaos. An RTI that was filed to enquire about the expenses incurred on the programs of National Games shows that other artists were paid peanuts in comparison to Lalisom.  Also Read : Mohanlal's Lalisom is a Rs 1.8cr National Games Sham, reveals RTI  Percussionist artist Mattannoor Sankarankutty and his troop of 100 people who played chendas (a kind of drum) were paid Rs. 5.5 lakh only. Another bunch of artists led by Karunamoorthy, a Thavil exponent was paid Rs 2.10 lakh. A dance performed by artists from all over India, depicting the rivers in India, was paid a total of Rs. 1.7 crore. Also Read : Mohanlal's band gets trolled: From Lalisom to Lolism Meanwhile actor Shobhana and her team of 40 dancers and live orchestra were paid Rs. 25 lakh. Tweet
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