Actor Prakash Raj clarified that he has not signed any memorandum against Mohanlal being invited as a chief guest other than the chief minister at the upcoming Kerala State Film Awards, earlier today. The actor shared a video to clarify the news doing the rounds and said, “There is a news going around that I have signed a memorandum against Mohanlalji attending the Kerala State Awards function which is false. I have not signed any memorandum nor I’m aware of such memorandum. Yes, I have my differences with the decision AMMA had taken. And I have very clearly told my stance that I don’t accept it. It is insensitive to have taken such a decision”. Also Read - Kerala Govt Decides to Bring Out Ordinance to Withdraw Amendment to Kerala Police Act
Prakash was said to be one of the names out of 107 to sign the petition that was submitted to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The petition objected to his administration’s decision on inviting Mohanlal as the chief guest at the state-sponsored awards show. Cinematographer Santosh Thundiyil was also believed to have signed the memorandum and clarifying the same, he too shared a statement in a microblogging site. Also Read - Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan Puts Controversial State Police Act Amendment on Hold
“How can somebody think of avoiding Mohanlal by writing a memorandum..isn’t it insane, foolish..? I have not signed or written any thing against Mohanlal attending the award ceremony. Its being projected like I had made a statement or signed a letter requesting to avoid him from a function(sic),” Santosh wrote in his Facebook page. “The fact of the matter is that I have received a whats app message regarding the conduct of state award function and the format of the function for which I said yes, but in the message Mohanlal’s name was not mentioned at all.. if it was the case I would not have said yes . I feel cheated at this moment.. if it was a game plan against Mohanlal ?(sic),” he added.