Manjummel Boys controversy: ED to widen probe, set to gather financial records of recent hit Malayalam films

Disputes over profit sharing in Manjummel Boys prompted the agency to launch a probe under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA)
Manjummel Boys controversy: ED to widen probe, set to gather financial records of recent hit Malayalam films

Earlier, we had reported that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) decided to launch a preliminary probe suspecting money laundering by producers of Manjummel Boys. Following the Enforcement Directorate (ED) seeking legal advice to freeze the bank accounts of the producers and distributors of the film, the agency is now set to gather financial information on all successful films produced in Malayalam over the past five years. This move comes in connection with the allegations of inflating ticket collection figures for money laundering purposes.

Reportedly, two filmmakers have given information to the ED about alleged instances of foul practices involving black money in Kerala's theatre sector. Disputes over profit sharing in Manjummel Boys prompted the agency to launch a probe under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). ED issued notices to Soubin Shahir, Babu Shahir, and Shawn Antony to appear for questioning after filing an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR). Following this, Soubin and Shawn were questioned by the agency.

The producers of Manjummel Boys encountered legal issues after a cheating case was filed against them. According to the complainant Siraj Valiyathara Hameed, the founders of Parava Films had promised him a 40 percent share of the profits for his significant investment during the production of the film. As per the police investigation report, the makers of the film failed to honour the commitment.

Manjummel Boys, written and directed by Chidambaram, grossed over Rs 200 crore at the box office, as officially claimed by the makers.

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