When filmmaker Aashiq Abu announced Variyamkunnan with Prithviraj doing the title role recently, it was received with extreme reactions. Certain right wing groups opposed the announcement on the social media saying that Variamkunnath Kunhamad Haji’s role (on whose life the biopic is based) in the Malabar rebellion resulted in the killing of many Hindus.
However the controversy has taken a rather curious turn now. This week the dictionary on martyrs of freedom struggle, released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has leaders of Malabar rebellion Variamkunnath Kunhamad Haji and Ali Musaliar being featured in the list.
After the announcement of Variyamkunnan by Aashiq Abu, there were a couple of other directors who said that they will make their own versions of the story.
So what happens next? We will keep you posted for sure.