Malayalam actor Mohanlal today gave up his plan to perform the risky ‘fire escape’ act as part of a magic on April 27 giving in to pressure from his fans and well wishers including the film fraternity. In a statement, the actor has said that he gave up the risky event because it had triggered controversy.
Earlier, the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) and the Mohanlal Fans Association (MFA) urged the actor to call off the stunt. Mohanlal’s decision to perform the event ‘burning illusion’ had evoked crticism as well as concern from various quarters. On Tuesday, police arrested rival magician Samraj who attempted suicide by locking himself in a mobile mortuary set to minus 10 degree centigrade in a bid to force Mohanlal to call off his act. Several other magicians also joined the protest against the film star’s attempt to “make mockery of our hard work and dedication through small tricks.”
The special event was planned by Magic Academy of Muthukad as a prelude to international magic convention ‘Vismayam 2008″ beginning here on May 1 in association with Kerala State Youth Welfare Board. The actor had been taking lessons from Muthukad to perfom the feat for the last two years.