Updated December 6th, 2023 at 23:15 IST

Kaathal The Core director barred from participating in college event for opposing 'religious views'

Kaathal - The Core dealt with theme of homosexuality, telling story of a married couple whose lives are irreversibly changed after a revelation about husband.

Reported by: Republic Entertainment Desk
Kaathal The Core filmmaker Jeo Baby
Kaathal The Core filmmaker Jeo Baby | Image:Wikipedia/Pinterest

The recent Mammootty starrer film Kaathal - The Core released on November 23 to great critical acclaim. Although the film did not fare too well at the box office, director Jeo Baby and lead actor Mammootty received great reviews for their work, especially the director for tackling such a brave topic by commercial cinema standards with such sensitivity. However, Jeo Baby recently took to social media to update about an unfortunate event that occurred after the film’s release.

A still from Kaathal The Core | Image: IMDb

They cancelled the event on same morning: Jeo Baby

Reportedly, Jeo Baby was invited by the film club of Farook College in Kozhikode, Kerala to partake in a discussion about ‘Subtle Politics of Present-Day Malayalam Cinema.’ Unfortunately, the director was displeased to learn later that he was stopped from participating in the said event, and eventually the event was canceled. A few days later, the filmmaker took to his social media page to address the unfortunate event.

Taking to his Instagram page, Jeo Baby shared a video where he spoke at length about the event that transpired. Baby stated in the video, “Although I had arrived earlier at Kozhikode for the event, only on the very morning of the event, the teacher who co-ordinates the event had called me and notified me of the event being canceled.” The director clarified that while the person who informed him seemed upset about it, she still did not provide a valid reason for the cancellation.

A still from Kaathal - the Core | Image: IMDb

Jeo Baby talks about taking legal action against the college

It was only when Jeo Baby personally e-mailed the Principal and later reached out to the team on Whatsapp that he received a forwarded message, which included the letter of the students union of the college, about the actual reasons for cancellation. Baby further clarified that the letter cited his values and opinions being against that of the college’s religious values being the primary reason, adding that the letter made it clear about not intending to supporting the event. The director further said, “I will move legally against this and if I don’t protest against this in this manner, another person will get affected just like how I got affected.”


Kaathal - The Core, which also featured Jyothika in lead role, dealt with the themes of homosexuality, telling the story of a married couple whose lives are irreversibly changed after the husband’s sexuality is made public post his decision to contest in local elections. Made on a budget of 10 crores, Kaathal - The Core earned approximately 11.15 crores in India.




Published December 6th, 2023 at 23:15 IST

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