Kerala University denies permission for Sunny Leone's performance in college

13 June,2024 06:33 PM IST |  Mumbai  |  mid-day online correspondent

Sunny Leone was scheduled to perform at a college event in Kerala on July 5. However, the University of Kerala has denied permission for the performance

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University of Kerala has denied permission for a performance by Bollywood actor Sunny Leone at its engineering campus. As part of the tech fest, the students union had planned a programme by Leone on July 5.

The university Vice-Chancellor, Mohanan Kunnummal said permission was denied as there was an existing directive from the Higher Education Department banning the performance of "outside bands" on the campuses.

"After the recent stampede incident at CUSAT campus, there is an existing direction banning performances by outside band on the campuses," Kunnummal told PTI.
The Vice-Chancellor said he learned about the event after seeing a poster for it.

"There is also a regulation that money should not be collected from outside for functions inside the campuses. On this particular campus, there are only around 300 students, and for a Bollywood celebrity, an exorbitant amount needs to be collected," he added.

As the campus comes under Kerala University, permission for such events needs to come from the Registrar of the university, which was not sought, sources said.

Back in November of 2023, a stampede at a concert at Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) in Kerala's Ernakulam district resulted in the deaths of four students and left over 60 injured. The tragic incident occurred during a music concert led by Nikhita Gandhi that was held in an open-air auditorium on campus. This led to the university regulating rules on performances held in the campus.

Meanwhile, Sunny has a massive fan following in Kerala. Every time the actress has arrived in Kerala, she gets mobbed by a huge crowd. On the other hand, Sunny has begun shooting for her debut Malayalam film. She shared a video of herself performing the muhurat puja on Instagram. The video featured the actor performing the puja as she began shooting the untitled Malayalam film in an undisclosed location. Apart from this, Sunny will also be seen in 'Quotation Gang'.

(with inputs from PTI)

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