Malayalam superstar Mohanlal has courted controversy with his comment on the ongoing #MeToo movement. Netizens have condemned the Odiyan star saying that his remark was insensitive.

In a recent Mohanlal has termed the #MeToo movement as a mere “fad” with a short lifespan.

“There is no big problem in the Malayalam industry. You shouldn’t think of the #MeToo as a movement actually. It is a fad and it is turning into something of a fashion. Anything like that will have a lifespan for a bit,” Gulf News reported Mohanlal as saying at a press conference in Dubai.

The actor was addressing a press conference to promote an upcoming charity fund-raiser show called Onnanu Namal [We Are One] when he made the insensitive comment. 

However, he also claimed that men also have #MeToo stories to recount but refused to comment on the matter as he believed that only those who have experienced harassment should speak about it.

As expected, his comments did not sit well with many especially women, who took to Twitter to roast him.

Mohanlal is the president of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA), the primary film body of Kerala. The association has been continuously in the news and under the fire due to the way it handled the attack on a female actor. 

Under Mohanlal’s leadership, the association reinstated Malayalam star Dileep’s membership courting a major controversy. The move was perceived as anti-woman and anti-survivor as Dileep is a prime accused in the case.

Hence, Women In Cinema Collective (WCC) has announced an open revolt against all-powerful AMMA accusing it of failing to protect the interests of its female members.