Kerala MP Innocent on casting couch: ‘If woman is bad, she may go to bed’

Popular Kerala actor and Member of Parliament Innocent Vareed Thekkethala is facing heavy criticism for saying "casting couch" does not does not exist in the Malayalam cinema industry anymore, but "if the woman is bad, maybe they will go to bed"

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:July 6, 2017 12:32 pm
Innocent Vareed Thekkethala, Kerala MP, Malayalam film industry, AMMA Innocent was elected to Parliament in 2014 from Chalakudy in Thrissur district of Kerala. (Picture – Facebook)


Kerala actor and Member of Parliament Innocent Vareed Thekkethala has triggered a massive row for saying that “casting couch” does not exist in the Malayalam cinema industry anymore but “if the woman is bad, maybe they will go to bed”.

Responding to a query on casting couch, the President of Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) said, “Those days are long gone. The moment you make an imprudent request to a woman in this day and age, it will be shared with people like you. They will speak about it openly. But if the women are bad, they may share the bed,” India Today reported.

The 72-year-old Independent candidate’s controversial statement has raised the hackles of women activists. The Women In Cinema Collective (WCC), an organisation of women in the Malayalam film industry, lambasted the MP in a Facebook post, saying, “New artistes face several forms of sexual abuse while entering the film industry. Even our colleagues, like Parvathy and Lakshmi Rai, have spoken about casting couch openly… We cannot accept the statement that the film industry is free from all kinds of sexual exploitation and there should be cautiousness in making statements in public.”

Innocent also took to Facebook to defend himself. “I saw that some of my remarks made during an interview I did with mediapersons have been reported out of context. I meant to say that compared to earlier years, there has been a healthy and women-friendly change in the environment in the film industry. I never said that there is no anti-woman factor in the film industry. It is a reality that certain social evils are present in the film industry like our society. AMMA will continue to work towards eliminating any kind of anti-woman practice in the industry. Media should refrain from focusing on words that are separated out of context,” reads a loose translation of Innocent’s Facebook post originally posted in Malayalam.

Innocent was elected to Parliament in 2014 from Chalakudy in Thrissur district of Kerala. He was supported by the Left.

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  1. A
    Jul 6, 2017 at 8:10 pm
    Now one more RSS member will be chopped off as a protest. Chopping Hind0s is timepass in Kerela
    1. R
      Rajendra B Patel
      Jul 6, 2017 at 6:10 pm
      1. A
        Jul 6, 2017 at 4:50 pm
        Let those who criticise Innocent for his comment come out clean if they are not part of the casting couch victims during their career .Not even a single actress can claim that they are clean as in their eagerness to be on the top they compromise on ethics and do anything to get a chance .Serial actresses are the worst in this case .Just because they are now members of a new association does not give them sanc y for their sin
        1. I
          Jul 6, 2017 at 4:32 pm
          Old man has shot his mouth off. Now let him face the heat. Clown.
          1. K
            Jul 6, 2017 at 3:54 pm
            72 years of sickening mindset. How can you be generalizing your personal experience and bad character and attribute the same to an entire film industry. If you are a politician and you have been a witness to such horrible trafficking system you should have raised a hue and cry in protection of the women in the industry. I think the leader should come out clean on his own account and circumstances that lead him to utter such nonsense.
            1. S
              Jul 6, 2017 at 2:16 pm
              SHAME on you MP. Whatever party you belong to, the party should expel you, unless you apologise for your comments.
              1. E
                Eve Fernandez
                Jul 6, 2017 at 4:59 pm
                What wrong thing has Innocent said. There are good women and not good women just as there are good men and not good women. Women and men are both manipulative in equal measure when it comes to getting to the top. I agree to one thing-- that there are some innocent women, new comers who get manipulated by powerful men established in the industry.
              2. K
                Jul 6, 2017 at 2:15 pm
                The comment is "thara"
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