After drawing censure for making 'sexist' comments against 'Baahubali' actor Tamannaah Bhatia, director G Suraj has issued a statement of apology. Mr Suraj recently directed a film in which Tamannaah has a leading role. He reportedly made 'sexist' comments while discussing Ms Bhatia's costumes in a video interview. Co-actor Vishal, who is also the general secretary of the South Indian Artistes' Association tweeted in support of Tamannaah, after which the director apologised for his remarks.
Mr Suraj had recently released his latest film 'Kathi Sandai' (The Sword Fight) starring Vishal and Tamannaah in lead roles.
In a video interview he said, “Boys should enjoy the film in the end. My costume designer would present me my heroine covered till her knees. I’d ask him to cut it short. He’d say madam would get angry. I’d reply go tell madam that the audience will end up thrashing me. It’s not for nothing they’re paid in lakhs and crores!” He further added, “ I’m not a big fan of the heroine wearing a full saree; if we’re paying good money to watch a film, we should expect Tamannah to be completely glamorous,” Suraj had said.
Tamannaah took to her twitter page to pour out her anger on the director for such narrow minded comment. "This is 2016 and it is very ironic that I had to leave a film like Dangal in the middle which is on woman empowerment and to tackle this issue. I am very hurt and angered by the comments made by my director Suraj and I would definitely want him to apologise, not only to me but to all women in the industry."
Actor Nayanthara who is usually silent with such rippling statements and public issues, supported her co-worker and responded to the Director’s comment during an interview with Sify.com
Nobody should take heroines for granted. How can a responsible person from the film industry make such a crass and cheap comment? Does he [Suraj] think that heroines are strippers who will come and shed their clothes just because they are paid money? At a time when films like Pink and Dangal speak about women empowerment and respect for women, in which era does Suraj belong to? And which audience is he speaking about? Who pays money to see heroine in bad light? Our audiences who look up to film stars are far more mature and respect women more than Suraj. I too have done my share of glamour in films not because my director wanted to please that particular low class audience, but because it was my choice.Nayanthara
Vishal, the General Secretary of the South Indian Artistes' Association, termed Mr Suraj's comments as "totally unnecessary."
Accepting the uninvited backlash from the feminine sector of the industry, Suraj apologised for his comment.
"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.
Watch Director talk about his glamourous costumes for actors in the video below: