Kozhikode: Mired in a match-fixing controversy, tainted Pakistani fast bowler Mohammed Asif who was to debut in a Malayalam film has now been dropped from the movie, according to its director Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri.
Namboothiri told mediapersons Tuesday that now he just can`t go ahead with the project with Asif.
"He has to be changed because now I do not want to go ahead with him," said Namboothiri who is making his debut as a director in the film "Mazhavillin Attamvare" in which the lead character is a Pakistani cricketer who arrives as a bowling coach at a cricket academy in Kerala, searching for his roots.
"I will try some other Pakistani cricketer and, if not, I will seek a Pakistani film actor to do the central role in my film, for which shooting starts in the second week of October," he added.
Namboothiri, popularly known as Kaithapram, is a noted poet, lyricist, music director, actor, singer, screenwriter, music therapist, and performer of Carnatic music.
Apart from directing the film, he has also penned its story, script, dialogues and songs.