Appatha' revolves around an elderly woman Kannamma known to her loved ones as Appatha, who runs a pickle business.
The Mumbai-based actor also believes Mollywood artists are more down-to-earth and simple.
The story centres around the theft of a young SI's service pistol, which sets off a series of murders in the city during the pandemic.
Priyadarshan said he found the allegations strange and even discussed the issue with Sathyan Anthikad.
The story is intriguing, with plenty of surprises in store for the audience.
'In the last 42 years, I have heard a lot of compliments and criticisms. My only request is that please show some decency when you criticize.'
The film, which has quite a formidable lineup of actors, will hit theatres in April.
Lissy who was a constant in the 80s Priyadarshan films got married to the director in 1990.
Merlin, who is an American citizen and a VFX producer by profession, is the bride
'Nna Thaan Case Kodu' fame Gayathri Shankar plays the female lead in the movie.