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Actress Geethu Mohandas lashes out at popular costume designer

Thursday, July 9, 2020 • Malayalam Comments

Actress Geethu Mohandas lashes out at popular fashion costume designer

Recently, Mollywood costume designer Stephy Zaviour raised serious allegations against a Women in Cinema Collective member. Without mentioning the member's name, Stephy wrote on her social media that the lady director had removed her from working in a movie when she asked for her remuneration.

On Wednesday, actress, and filmmaker Geetu Mohandas took to her social media pages to clarify the incident. Geetu slammed Stephy for accusing her with 'misinformation of facts'.

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Read Geethu Mohandas' Facebook Post:

"The post by my colleague, has put myself and my film team in distress, and for all our sakes its perhaps important to understand how to read this issue. Given that this matter of professional interest is now in public. I tried to resist writing a reply to your allegations till now because my words to you as an individual and film maker should not in any way hurt you in your work space but the pressure games of patriarchy is so strong that I have yield! If not, I would not have been here to address an interpellated fellow being.

I would like to remind you of the actual narrative and version that transpired. In our last face to face meeting at my home, I remember we had parted ways amicably. As a director my work expectations were different to the outcomes produced by you and this was in my opinion communicated to you in person. I believe that it could be my mistake that I failed to inspire you to deliver better or maybe failed to see that you did not get a closure in the matter.

The entire film was costume designed by Maxima Basu and in the interim when she went for her maternity leave is when I asked you to step in for a small portion. Our association was not fruitful and what ever the events that had transpired following your entry and exit was clearly observed by my entire cast and crew and they can vouch for the same. The dialogue you mentioned - people who know me are well aware that I’m quite capable of such unwarranted anger and I’m certainly not proud of it. In fact I must have spoken far harshly than what you mentioned, but the circumstances in that conversation and what you said is absolutely false.


I would like to remind you that there is a big misinformation of facts in your version . The discussion you mentioned was spoken to your assistant after my team informed me that the costumes which my designer, Maxima had made after your exit from the project was taken away by you without any of our knowledge from our studio. There was a state of panic since we had just two days left to leave to shoot. We were informed by your assistant that the costumes will not be returned until we settle your entire payment even though you had exited the project and none of your ideas let alone a costume was used in the film. For the time provided by your assistant, my producer had cleared all payments. In fact I called you in for a conversation repeatedly but you never reverted.

If your allegations had any truth - why didn’t you register a complaint at the time before the film released last year ? I’m questioning the intent behind this defamation now which seems to be quite timely. So kindly observe that, this is exactly what we should not be doing to each other . Women lynching women. If my actions have hurt you I am still ready to meet you for a conversation. I wish you all the best .

A special request to all my closest industry friends - Please do not share this post in solidarity to me because we must collectively put an end to this virtual mob mentality and alienating people! I trust this post will resound to the right eyes and ears."

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Stephy raised the allegations a day after writer-director Vidhu Vincent accused Women in Cinema Collective for their 'double standards'.


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