After all the ruckus over movie on Variyamkunnath Kunhahammed Haji both the director of the film Aashiq Abu and actor Prithviraj Sukumaran have withdrawn from the project. Project got cancelled due to difference of opinion with producer. The movie was to be produced by Zikandar and Moideen under the banner of Compassion Movies. Director confirmed the decision.
When the movie was announced last year, Prithviraj was attacked by netizens and right wing activists for taking up the role of Variyamkunnath. They criticised that they thought that movie would glorify Variyamkunnath and the rebellion, a movement that they had claimed was anti-Hindu.