for the past 18 months and had reportedly
become quite adept at the act.
However, the announcement that he was going
to attempt this act had sparked off many
protests all over Kerala. The protests reached
their crescendo yesterday when another famous
magician Samrat staged a demonstration demanding
Mohanlal to abstain from this dangerous
act. Samrat, locked himself up in a casket
and proclaimed that he would remain in a
mortuary until Mohanlal withdrew from the
event. Police had to subsequently interfere
to stop the protests and found the magician
to be unconscious within the casket. He
was later hospitalized.
There was also added pressure from various
quarters with the All Kerala Mohanlal Fan’s
association leading them, requesting the
actor not to put his life at serious risk.
The Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes
(AMMA) president too was of the same opinion.
There was also pressure from many of his
close friends and well-wishers. All this
has led Mohanlal to take the decision to
not go ahead with the planned escape act.