Tamannaah, Nayanthara lash out at Suraj's comment on heroines; director apologises
Chennai: Tamannaah Bhatia has slammed comments made by director Suraj about objectifying heroines in Tamil films, and has asked him to apologise to all women in the industry.
In a promotional interview during the release of his latest Tamil directorial Kaththi Sandai, director Suraaj was asked how he managed to make Tamannaah look glamorous in the film.
Suraj's reply has created an uproar on social media.
He said: "Audiences pay money to watch the hero fight and heroines in full glamour. As a director, I don't like to see my heroines fully clad in a sari. If we're paying money to watch a film, we should expect Tamannaah to look glamorous. Any commercial film should have glamour," Suraj said.
He went on to add that all those heroines who made it big, chose the glamorous path to stardom.
"Whenever my costume designer presents my heroine in knee-length outfit, I'd ask him to cut it short. If my heroine gets angry, I'd tell her audience haven't paid so much for nothing," he added.
என்ன அப்டியே பச்சையா பேசிப்புட்டான்? இவ்ளோ Chauvinist ஆ பேசின பின்னாடியும் இவங்கூட நடிக்கறாளுகன்னா அப்ப பணத்துக்காக தானே? ச்சை pic.twitter.com/10OQ0wTQT1
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When the clip went viral, Tamannaah took to Twitter to share her views, and said she was "hurt and angered by the comments made by director Suraj".
— Tamannaah Bhatia (@tamannaahspeaks) December 26, 2016
She said: "I would definitely want him to apologise not only to me but to the entire women in the industry. We are actors and we are here to act and entertain audiences and should not at any point be objectified as commodities.
Having worked in south films for over a decade, she added: "I have worn costumes which I'm comfortable with. It is sad that women in our country are spoken about so frivolously and I would like to tell my audiences that our industry should not be generalized due to comments made by one individual."
Additionally, Nayanthara also lashed out at the director's comments, in support of Tamannaah, reports Sify. She said, "How can a responsible person from film industry make such a crass and cheap comment? Who is Suraj to say such a derogatory statement against heroines? Does he think that heroines are strippers who will come and shed their clothes just because they are paid money? Will he dare to speak such things about working women in his family? At a time when films like Pink and Dangal speak about women empowerment and respect to women, in which era does Suraj belong to? A heroine wears skimpy clothes in commercial cinema only if she is comfortable and the script requires it... By making such comments that heroines take money to shed clothes, he is misleading the youngsters who will think this is what happens in cinema. I too have done my share of glamour in commercial films not because my director wanted to please that particular 'low class' of audience, but because it was my CHOICE. No one has the right to think that heroines can be taken for granted”.
After much backlash on Twitter, the director finally issued a statement apologising for his comments.
"I am really sorry and would like to apologise to Ms Tamannaah and all the heroines in the industry. My intention was not to show anyone in bad light or hurt their sentiments. I am sorry once again and take back my comments," Mr Suraj said in a statement.
(With inputs from agencies)
Updated Date: Dec 27, 2016 13:18:48 IST