Antony Varghese: Jude's allegations hurt my family, my mother has filed a complaint
Jude earlier accused Antony of cheating and called him ungrateful
Director Jude Anthany Joseph had recently made scathing remarks against actor Antony Varghese aka Pepe calling him an ungrateful person who doesn't deserve a place in the film industry. Jude alleged that Antony had promised to act in a film under his production, which was supposed to be directed by his former associate, Nithish Shadev, but backed out after taking an advance amount of Rs 10 lakhs causing mental agony to the team. Jude accused Antony of using the money to get his sister married before returning it.
However, Antony has now come out dismissing all the allegations against him. In a press meet, the Angamaly Diaries actor said he returned the advance back as the film's second half didn't work for him. He also produced bank statements clarifying that his sister got married almost a year after he returned the amount back to Jude. "I returned the money on January 27, 2020, and my sister's marriage was on January 18, 2021. There's a gap of almost one year. Then how did I use his money to marry my sister off? Was there a time machine or something?"
Antony added that his mother has filed a complaint against Jude for defaming her son and family. "It's embarrassing for us. My sister's marriage was conducted using our hard-earned money. We didn't cheat anyone. So it hurts to see our family's name being dragged and shamed like this."
Jude is currently on an all-time high after the blockbuster success of his latest release, 2018. Antony alleged that Jude is using this fame to humiliate him. "Jude ettan is like a brother to me. I watched his film with my family, and we all loved it. But it's unfortunate to see him misusing his success to hurt us."
Falimy, the film that Antony opted out of, has now been revived with a new team. Cheers Entertainments is producing the film, which now has Basil Joseph as the lead. It is currently in the post-production stage.