“I’ve Quit Movie Making And Will Never Return To India,” Says Sanal Kumar Sasidharan

One of Malayalam cinema's well known filmmakers Sanal K Sasidharan has announced that he has stopped making movies. The director, who has now moved to the US, told Times Now, why he had decided to stop making films and why he had chosen to move to the US. Read on to know what he said...
Ive Quit Movie Making And Will Never Return To India Says Sanal Kumar Sasidharan
Malayali filmmaker Sanal Kumar Sasidharan is no longer making films.
When we caught up with this fearless filmmaker, he shocked us saying he had given up filmmaking and the country. “Sir, I stopped making films some years ago. My last film was Vazhakku which is in the news for all the wrong reasons right now.”
Sanal Kumar Sasidharan says he is never returning to India
Sanal Kumar Sasidharan says he is never returning to India

'I Was Threatened'

Why did Sanal make such a drastic decision? “Too many threats. If I had continued staying in Kerala and making films I would have probably lost my life. I was being threatened from all the mediums possible. For the past few years, I live in the US (city name being withheld). I am no longer a filmmaker. In fact, I don’t know what I am any longer.”
Sanal, who made a powerful chilling film on sexual harassment named Sexy Durga, was himself accused of the same crime. “A false sexual harassment accusation was made against me. In May 2022, I was arrested one morning. That’s when I decided to leave the country. You will be surprised to know two years have passed, and no case has been registered against me. No legal procedure, nothing. It is very disturbing that I was driven into a corner by vested interests in the Malayalam film industry.”

Who are these vested interests?

Says Sanal, “There is money-laundering machinery operating in the Malayalam film industry. Films claim to have been made at Rs 100 crore actually are made at no more than 15-20 crores. Who in the Malayalam industry has that kind of money? The money laundering racket is supported by powerful politicians. So, no one asks questions. I did. And look at where I have landed.”
“I am paying the price for talking about these issues that the Malayalam film industry doesn’t want to address,” says Sanal.
I've Nothing To Return To, Says Sanal
His last film Vazhakku is stuck and he blames his leading man for it. “Tovino Thomas feels it will harm his career. If he felt this way, why did he do this film with me?”
Sanal is all alone in the US with no family (he got divorced some years ago and his children live with their mother) and friends. “But I am fine. I am enjoying my solitude. I like my own company. I don’t think I will ever return to India. I’ve nothing to return to.”
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