The conflict between the crew of the upcoming Malayalam film Thallumaala and the residents of HMT Colony in Kalamassery has been resolved. Residents of the locality had earlier complained about the dumping of food waste by the crew.
Produced by Ashiq Usman, Thallumaala is directed by Khalid Rahman and written by Muhsin Parari and Ashraf Hamza. The film is led by Tovino Thomas and Kalyani Priyadarshan and also features actors Shine Tom Chacko, Lukman Avaran, Swathi Das Prabhu and Adhri Joe.
Speaking to Silverscreen India, an officer from the Kalamassery police station confirmed that a clash had occurred between the two parties when the film’s shooting was taking place at HMT Colony. The officer told us that no case was registered as the residents and film crew had settled the issue by themselves.
As many as 200 people belonging to the film’s crew stayed at the colony for the shooting.
The dispute was triggered by the dumping of food waste by the film’s crew and over the parking of some vehicles on the road. When the residents of the locality had questioned the team about the same, an argument ensued.
The incident took place when the team was unloading props at Mappilas godown, where they were shooting. As the argument between both parties escalated, the residents demanded that the filming be suspended.
Actor Shine had allegedly interfered and manhandled a local resident named Shameer, who was then hospitalised. On the other hand, a crew member alleged that he was assaulted by the residents.
Tovino also reportedly intervened in the tiff, which further aggravated it, following which the police had to get involved in the matter.
Earlier, during the pooja ceremony of the film, Tovino had told the media that Thallumaala will be an action entertainer. He said that his discussions with the team for this project had begun in 2017, and that the film was meant to go on floors in 2020. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there was a delay in starting production.