Mollywood director Lijo Jose Pelliserry declares independence from film bodies

South India

Renowned Mollywood director Lijo Jose Pelliserry freed himself from the controls imposed on fresh films by the film bodies, especially the Malayalam Film Producers Association (KFPA), saying that cinema for him was not a money making machinery.

Declaring himself as an independent filmmaker from Friday (June 26), the director of critically acclaimed Malayalam films as Ee. Ma. Yau and Jallikattu informed film buffs through a Facebook post that he would use all the money from his films to 'fuel better cinema and nothing else'.

Lijo also wrote that he would screen his films anywhere he felt was right 'because I am the creator of it'. The post is a reply to KFPA, which had earlier issued a warning against the production of new movies until the release of 66 films whose screening were hit due to the lockdown forced by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Don’t ask us to stop working. Don’t ask us to stop creating. Don’t question our integrity. Don’t question our self-respect. You will terribly loose because we are artists,” he wrote on Facebook.

"We are in the middle of a pandemic - a war - jobless people - identity crisis - poverty and religious unrest. People are walking a 1000 miles just to reach home. Artists are dying out of depression. So …these are times to create great art just to inspire people to feel alive. Just to give them hope in some form to stay alive," Lijo Jose wrote.

Movie theatres In Kerala were shut down from March 11, after the government sought it to contain the spread of COVID-19. Shooting and all production work too had stopped till June 1, which is when the government allowed work to resume with limited crew and following COVID-19 protocol.

At the time the issue about shooting new films was raised by the KFPA, Lijo wrote that he would make a film and asked who would stop him. A day later, he also posted, "Cinema is not a name but a decision."

On June 23, he posted a picture and wrote, "Rolling from July 1." However more details of this project were not shared (with inputs from News Minute)

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