Malayalam writer and orator Sukumar Azhikode said Thursday he was taking legal action against superstar Mohanlal for his remarks that Azhikode suffers from "hallucinations" and demanded an apology.

Speaking to IANS, the 84-year-old littérateur said the first step of a defamation case has been set in process with a legal notice being served on Mohanlal.

"My counsel has sent a notice saying that if Mohanlal does not render an apology to me in a week's time for his statement that I suffer from hallucinations, then legal steps would be taken up vigorously," said Azhikode. 
"When I got the notice from AMMA, I took legal advice and was told that their defamation case will not hold good... Mohanlal's statements made publicly on TV channels has hurt me a lot," said Azhikode.

The war of words between the duo broke out when Azhikode came in support of thespian actor Thilakan who was served a show cause notice by AMMA early this year. Azhikode's siding with Thilakan has upset AMMA.