Even as television debates and social media seem to be dominated by discussions on Malayalam director Kamal being told by a BJP man that he can leave the country if he was uncomfortable in India, Kamal earned support in an unusual way, on Wednesday.
Noted Malayalam actor Alencier Ley Lopez performed a one-act drama in Kasaragod new bus station, protesting against BJP leader AN Radhakrishnan’s comments asking director Kamal to leave the country.
Bare-chested and wearing a single mundu, the actor got on a bus parked in the bus station and enquired whether the bus would go to Pakistan or America.
“I was born and brought up in this land, but some people ask me to go to other countries. Are you coming with me?” the actor delivered his dialogues inside the bus.
Media reports say that it took some time for police and the audience to realize the actor’s performance was a drama. Soon, a large crowd assembled around him and watched the show keenly.
Alencier continued to do the act by getting on to every bus parked on the stand and firmly asserted: “India is my country, nobody has the right to ask me leave the country."
Alighting from the bus, Alencier walked up to the middle of the bus stand and pulled off the pink colour lungi or dhoti he was wearing, to reveal the American flag he wore underneath.
The actor has been getting wide support for his protest in social media.
In fact his act comes at a time when top actors in Malayalam industry have chosen to keep mum on the issue.
Three-time national award winner and Chairman of the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, Kamal earned the BJP's ire for calling PM Modi a 'man-eater'.