Malayalam megastar Mammootty has finally broken his silence on the alleged online harassment his co-actress Paravathy has been facing for the past few weeks. The actress had expressed her disappointment at the misogyny shown in Mammootty’s blockbuster film Kasaba. This annoyed fans of the star who bullied her online and even issued rape threats.
Good news is that the Kerala police did a crackdown and a couple of arrests have been made. It seems more people are under the scanner. It should be noted that the hate mails and comments have reduced since then.
In an exclusive interview with a leading news portal, Mammootty said, "I don't go after controversies. What we need are meaningful debates. We all abide by freedom of speech and right to an opinion. I have not assigned anyone to respond on my behalf or defend me." He also said that cyber-bullying was one of the sad truths of modern day.
This year we have seen many warring fans on the social media. We have seen the nasty exchange of words between fans of Thala Ajith and Ilayathalapathy Vijay. A few months ago, actress Rashmika Mandana was also attacked by cyberbullies.
Mammootty’s Kasaba movie has a dialogue where Mammootty is bad-mouthing a co-star. Award-winning actress Parvathy had expressed anguish at that scene.