Kochi: The Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA) and the Kerala Film Producers’ Association (KFPA), in response to complaints from various Mollywood, along with producers, made the choice to not hire actors Shane Nigam and Sreenath Bhasi.
The decision was made on Tuesday at a meeting in Kochi organized by FEFKA, KFPA, and the Association of Malayalam as Movie Artists (AMMA). Cheriyan stated that he will meet with film professionals to discuss how to reduce the prevalence of drug abuse among actors. When asked by the media about what would happen if the producers’ association filed a complaint, the minister warned that the actors would face severe consequences. He went on to say that no one is stopping the actors from making amends and regaining their footing in the industry.
According to producer M Renjith, both Shane and Sreenath were frequently high on medication on the set, causing havoc for the producers and the rest of the crew.
Meanwhile, AMMA general secretary Edavela Babu endorsed the decision, stating that the complaints filed against the actors contained substance. He also stated that AMMA would provide authorities with a list of actors who were under the influence of drugs.
The associations have stated unequivocally that they will not work with actors who lack order or are under the influence of drugs on set.
The producers also claimed that Sreenath Bhasi purposefully assigned the same dates to multiple films, resulting in massive losses for the producers. Tuesday at a press conference in Kochi, KFPA official and film producer M. Renjith stated, “Many complaints have been lodged against Shane Nigam and Sreenath Bhasi. We are not taking these actors’ names because of their drug use. Shane and Sreenath have repeatedly caused problems for filmmakers, technicians, and co-stars. What we mean is that there are many people who use drugs on set and cause problems. Don’t twist our words. There is difficulty, and we intend to correct our course. This should not be allowed to continue because it will have a negative impact on the film industry.”
Shane Nigam caused a stir recently when he walked off the set of Sophia Paul’s upcoming film RDX, among According to the producers, he attempted to interfere with the editing process. Following that, FEFKA convened a meeting and declared that no actors had the authority to intervene in the process.
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