A few media reports in Kerala two days ago had claimed that Malayalam actor Manju Warrier had been threatened by a crowd of people in Chenkalchoola colony of Thiruvananthapuram during the shooting of her movie Udaharanam Sujatha.
The reports also claimed that the 'Women in Cinema Collective', comprising of leading women actors, directors and technicians, was formed in the wake of this incident. The reports also went ahead and speculated that fan association of another actor who did not like Manju was behind the attack.
But denying this completely, Manju Warrier said reports that appeared in few online portals was completely wrong and misrepresented facts. She said that those reports were done with 'an intention to to alienate and antagonize the people of Chenkalchoola against herself and her colleagues'.
â€śFrom the first day of shoot, the people of Chenkalchoola have provided unprecedented support for me and team for the movie. They have given me lots of love and respect and I will remain indebted to them for the consideration and concern that I have received from the people,â€ť the actor said in a press release.
She also said in the statement that the news was an exaggeration of a small incident that happened on location. A few people from outside Chenkalchoola had approached her for attending a book release. â€śThey insisted that I attend the event even when I had regretted after informing them about the requirement for the movie and make-up related details. When we found that the group is adamant, we explained to them that itâ€™s not possible because of the requirements of the special make-up that I need to keep on through the day,â€ť she said. The actor added that she had been able to convince the group and they returned amicably.
The actor pointed out that this incident might have led to the exaggerated version that was eventually reported.
â€śThe perpetrators of the news added masala by saying that it is an attempt by someone in the field of cinema. I am saddened at the baseless allegations that are being leveled against my colleagues,â€ť Manju said.
She also apologised to her colleagues and people of Chenkalchoola over the allegations raised against them.
â€śThere has been no incident of anyone pointing their finger at me in Chenkalchoola, let alone daggers. I apologize for the discomfort caused by me and team Udaharanam Sujatha to the people of Chenkalchoola, Thiruvananthapuram,â€ť she said in the note.