Thiruvananthapuram, June 13 (IANS) National award winner Thilakan, who is to play a key role in a Malayalam film to be shot in Canada and North America, says he is not getting a Canadian visa because of insufficient funds in his account.
The crew of the film 'Chungakkaarum Veshyakalum' (Tax Collectors and Harlots) is waiting for Thilakan in Canada for the shooting.
'I was supposed to reach Canada last month but my visa application was rejected by the Canadian embassy because I did not have enough money in my bank account,' Thilakan, who is in his 70s, told IANS.
'They have their rules. To get a visit visa at my age is a problem. Now I am arranging certificates to show that I have assets here. I have already got a certificate from the Minister for Culture M.A. Baby certifying that I am a professional and an award winning actor,' he added.
'The film tells the tale of a Christian man taken to Canada by his children,' said Thilakan, who recently won the special mention jury award National Award for his performance in the Malayalam film 'Ekantam'.
Thilakan alleged that his 'foes' in the Malayalam film industry had tried their best to see that he was thrown out of the movie.
He said: 'I have records to prove that my 'friends' in the industry here tried their best to convince those behind the film to oust me from the film, but it didnot click.'
'I have 10 days of shooting in Canada and I hope that this time my visa application will be accepted,' said Thilakan.
The film will have an English version too.