Mammootty-starrer Malayalam hit Kasaba has found itself at the centre of controversy with the Kerala Women’s Commission objecting to its sexist dialogues. The film has been given a U/A certification, which means children can watch it with adults.
Former Congress legislator K C Rosakutty, who chairs the Kerala Women’s Commission, was quoted by NDTV as saying, “A big star like Mammootty should have asked for misogynist dialogue to be changed. Mammootty is known to essay decent roles, he has a huge fan following.”
The film has misogynistic dialogues such as Mammootty telling his junior in uniform that he could stop her menstrual cycle whenever he wants. While the 64-year-old actor has not commented on the controversy, the film is being criticised for his chauvinistic role.
The film has made record numbers at box office. While talking about the dialogues, Dr A Prathibha, who heads the censor board in Kerala, reportedly said the language used in the film “doesn’t come under cuss words.”
While reviewing Kasaba, Indian Express.com had pointed out how the film revives the dangerous trend of hapless women and sexist lead actors.
Meanwhile, the film’s director Nidhin Renji Panicker told the news channel that his film “only reflects the reality in Indian society.”