‘I’ll just become invisible’: Puthren’s social media outburst against trolls goes viral


A file photo of Alphonse Puthren.
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Filmmaker Alphonse Puthren’s social media outburst in the face of continuing online criticism following the debacle of his latest flick Gold, which was released in December with Prithviraj and Nayanthara in the lead, has gone viral. 

Gold, starring Prithviraj and Nayanthara in the lead roles, was released last December. Alphonse Puthren has been very defensive about the film and he has been hitting out at his critics online.

Mr. Puthren had been at the receiving end of numerous memes ever since his flick bombed at the box office belying huge expectations as it came seven years after the director’s blockbuster movie Premam.

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“If you are trolling me and telling bad things about me and my film Gold for your satisfaction…it is good for you, not for me. So, I’m protesting by not showing my face on Internet,” said the Aluva-based director in a Facebook post.

He said he was neither a slave nor given anyone the right to ‘tease me or abuse me in public.” He said people may watch his films only if they like them and not come to his social media page and display their anger. “If you do so, I’ll just become invisible on the Internet,” Mr. Puthren said.

Stating that he has changed, he said he would be true to himself, his family, and those who stood by him when he had a fall. “I will never forget the laugh in your faces when I fell down. No one falls on purpose,” he said.

Mr. Puthren said that nature, which made him fall, would support him (to get back on feet). The post had gone viral since then with comments for and against it and the filmmaker has removed all content from his Instagram page.

Puthren will next direct a film named Paattu with actor Fahadh Faasil playing the lead role.

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