It was granted on two solvent sureties and a bond valued at Rs 20,000
Malayalam superstar Mohanlal almost caused a stampede outside the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) court in Thrissur, when he arrived to secure bail in a defamation case filed by writer-critic Sukumar Azhikode. The bail was granted on two solvent sureties and a bond valued at Rs 20,000. The defamation suit was filed by Azhikode following a nasty war of words with the superstar, over veteran character actor Thilakan. It all began when the writer came out in support of Thilakan, who was expelled from the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) on grounds of indiscipline. It was Azhikode, who first launched a scathing tirade against the superstar – an office bearer of AMMA – claiming that the actor had become old and should limit himself to roles matching his age and figure. Mohanlal retorted with an uncharacteristic choice of words, which the writer took offence at. The superstar allegedly said he considered Azhikode’s statements “an avuncular joke”, and that the veteran writer had been hallucinating on the issue.