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Allegedly Abducted Malayalam Actress Returns To Work, Gets Praise For Setting An Example

Her co-star lauded her for making a powerful statement.

25/02/2017 1:35 PM IST | Updated 25/02/2017 2:15 PM IST
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Kochi, Feb 25 (IANS) — A week after the ordeal of having undergone a two-hour kidnap attempt, a popular Malayalam film actress on Saturday started shooting here for her new film Adam, her co-star Prithviraj confirmed.

He termed her decision "extraordinary".

The actress took part in the puja of her new film here.

"Today (Saturday) as my dear friend walks in to the sets... I once again bear witness to an extraordinary moment of courage from an extraordinary woman in my life," Prithviraj posted on Facebook.

"Today she makes a statement... A statement that will echo through time, space and gender -- that no one or no incident has control over your life but you."

"A statement that will now be part of counselling sessions and pep talks around the world. A statement that you my friend are making in a million unheard voices," he added.

Later, Prithviraj apologised for being part of films that celebrated misogyny.

"... I have mouthed lines that vilified regard for your selfrespect and I have taken a bow to the claps that ensued," he wrote.

"Never again will I let disrespect for women be celebrated in my movies! Yes, I'm an actor and this is my craft! I will wholeheartedly trudge the grey and black with characters that possess unhinged moral compasses, but I will never let these men be glorified or their actions justified on screen," he added.

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On February 17, while travelling from Thrissur to Kochi by road in a car a gang of six kidnapped the actress and kept her hostage for over two hours.

Later she was dumped near the house of a director, who upon hearing her harrowing experience, informed the police.

All the six accused were arrested.

The actress was expected to meet the media here on Saturday but the event was called off after the police told her not to.

She will speak to the media only after completing an identification parade, which is expected to be held later in the day.

State Minister for Social Justice and Health K.K. Shailaja also said that she was happy that the actress has returned to work.

"If the victim goes into a shell, it's going to send a wrong message to the perpetrators... I applaud the actress for her brave decision to return. All of us are fully behind her," Shailaja said.

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