Malayalam actor Manju Warrier has filed a police complaint against filmmaker Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, who has recently been alleging that the former’s life is under threat. The police reportedly arrested him on Thursday.
In her complaint, Warrier stated that Sasidharan was defaming her on social media as well as blackmailing her. The complaint was filed at the Elamakkara police station in Ernakulam.
A source from the station confirmed to Silverscreen India that an FIR has been registered against the filmmaker, and that the sections he is charged under will be determined after a preliminary investigation.
On Thursday morning, the filmmaker went live on Facebook, while the police were trying to take him into custody at Parassala, Thiruvananthapuram. In the video, the filmmaker appears to not be cooperating with the authorities.
Over the last few days, Sasidharan has been claiming on social media that Warrier’s life is in danger and that the actor is being held in the custody of those with vested interests.
In one of his Instagram posts, the filmmaker wrote, “It has been four days since I posted on social media that the life of famous Malayalam actress Manju Warrier is in danger and she is in the custody of some people with vested interests. I posted the names of her managers Bineesh Chandran and Binu Nair and the reasons why I believe she is under detention. But so far, neither Manju Warrier nor anyone else concerned has responded. Manju Warrier’s silence reinforces my suspicion.”
In another post, Sasidharan shared a letter addressed to the President of India and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. In the letter, he expressed his apprehensions surrounding the law and order situation in Kerala in the wake of incidents such as the murder of a woman named Shalu and the alleged suicide of a trans woman. He also mentioned his concerns about Warrier’s safety and wrote about the 2017 female actor abduction and sexual assault case. Sasidharan further said he suspected that Warrier was kept under confinement when the investigating officer in the actor assault case was transferred right after recording her statement.
It may be noted that Warrier starred in Sasidharan’s 2020 Malayalam film Kayattam. The filmmaker also claimed he has faced issues ever since the completion of the film and hinted at conspiracies surrounding it.