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Vaariyamkunnan: Scriptwriter Ramees temporarily withdraws from Prithviraj’s film

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Scriptwriter Ramees has disassociated himself from Prithviraj’s upcoming film Vaariyamkunnan, after his old social media posts revealed his extreme Islamic views.

Prithviraj and the team of Vaariyamkunnan

Malayalam actor Prithviraj Sukumaran and director Aashiq Abu recently announced their next film, Vaariyamkunnan, which is based on the 1921 Malabar rebellion. Now, Ramees, one of the film’s scriptwriter has withdrawn from the film temporarily.

Vaariyamkunnan’s director Aashiq Abu took to Facebook to share the news and added that he doesn’t agree with Ramees’s political stand.

The reason behind Ramees’s decision is his old Facebook posts through which he expressed his extreme Islamist and misogynistic views. Post the film’s announcement, his old posts from five to six years went viral on social media with many people slamming him for his views. Ramees deleted his old posts and apologised for the same.

Taking to Facebook, Aashiq Abu wrote, “I personally don’t agree with Ramees’s political stand. Probably, he will disagree with mine too. Discussions on the Variyamkunnan film has been progressing with another director for some years. I came to know about Ramees hardly three to four months back, as someone who has been part of the research and discussions from an earlier stage. Following the allegations levelled against him, an explanation was sought, and he had publicly apologised on social media over some of these allegations.”

Here’s his post:

Similarly, Ramees on his Facebook post said that he will stay out of this project until he can prove his innocence. He wrote, “I have come to realise some of my mistakes in the allegations against me and I have apologised for those. The other accusations are either misinterpretations from taking things out of context or else false campaigns. I can prove they are false. So I wish to temporarily stay out of the project till I can prove my innocence.”

Here’s the post:

Ever since Vaariyamkunnan was announced, it has been embroiled in controversy. The team faced the wrath of religious outfits who claimed that the film is an attempt to glorify a particular community.

Tipped to be a period film, Vaariyamkunnan revolves around the life of Variyan Kunnathu Kunjahammed Haji, who established a parallel government to fight against the British.

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