For the second day running noted critic Sukumar Azhikode blasted Malayali actor Mohanlal for using his army uniform to endorse products such as jewellery and khadi. Sukumar Thursday asked Defence Minister A.K. Antony, who made Mohanlal an honorary Lt. Colonel in the Territorial Army, for an explanation. \"Just because he has acted in a few films as an army officer he was commissioned into the TA battalion. And now he uses that (his uniform) to sell jewellery. Antony owes an explanation for this,\" Azhikode told reporters here. Azhikode and Mohanlal have been at loggerheads ever since the former came out in the open to defend thespian Thilakan whose outbursts against superstars led to his suspension from the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) Monday. \"The state government should appoint a committee to inquire about the undesirable activities in AMMA where there are allegations of sexual exploitation taking place,\" said Azhikode. It was a disgrace that Mohanlal was made the brand ambassador to promote the use of Khadi products by the Kerala government, he said. \"A person who endorses liquor is now endorsing Khadi products. This is a disgrace to Mahatma Gandhi,\" Azhikode said.
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