National award winning director comes under attack, for this reason

In a major controversy, the national award winning director Priyanandan was attacked by suspected right-wing activists.

It is said that the attack came about probably following his social media post on the Sabarimala issue.

Sources said that the award winner was roughed up and also water mixed with cowdung was flung on him.

The person who attacked Priyanandan came forward and asked him to identify himself, the director said.

The 53-year-old director, whose second film Pulijanma received the National Award for Best Feature Film in 2006, believes the attack came due to his recent social media post

on Sabarimala where right-wing activists mounted strong protests after the Supreme Court’s September 28 verdict that opened the temple to women of all ages.

Condemning the attack, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said such attacks would not be tolerated as it was a direct attack on freedom of expression.

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