Alphonse Puthren, a Malayalam filmmaker made his name popular with the classic Premam. The movie was remade in other languages but the Malayalam version is still the favorite for many. Alphonse took a sabbatical from directing after Premam and he returned to the silver screen with the film Gold. This time he chose a comedy entertainer.
Starring Prithviraj Sukumaran and Nayanthara, Gold was released in the theaters on December 1st, 2022 to negative reviews. The movie hit the dust but the director had to face the trolls. Alphonse couldn’t bear the trolls any more that he removed his DP from his social media account and put a black picture to protest against the trolls.
He posted, “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 in internet. I’m not your slave or i did not give rights to tease me or abuse me in public. So see my works if you like. And don’t come into my page and show your anger. If you do so, I’ll just become invisible in the internet. I’m not like before. I’ll be true to myself first and then to my partner and my children and the people who really like me and stood beside me when I fell down. I will never forget the laugh in your faces when I fell down. No one falls on purpose. It happens by nature. So the same nature will protect me with the support. Have a great day (sic).”