Reknowned director Suraaj’s alleged sexist comments about the leading lady of his latest film-Tamannah Bhatia, drew the ire of co-star Vishal, leading to an apology by the former.
While talking about Bhatia’s costumes in the film, Suraaj reportedly made sexist remarks kicking up a controversy. He said: “We are a low-class audience. People give money to watch a hero fight, and a glamorous heroine. I don’t believe in a heroine clad in a saree. People are paying money, right? They are not watching a movie for free. They are paying money to watch Tamannah in a glamorous role. If they want to act, they can do that separately. But in commercial movies they have to sizzle and be glamorous.”
He further says, If the costume designer comes to me with the heroine’s clothes covering up to the knee, I tell them to shorten the length. They would repeatedly say that ‘madam would be upset’, but I insist and get it done.
For all the women in the film industry, the Baahubali star herself asked for an apology from the filmmaker.
Suraaj recently released his latest film Kathi Sandai (The Sword Fight), starring Vishal and Bhatia in lead roles.
Tamannah tweeted on her Twitter page saying:“ I am very hurt and angered by the comments made by my director Suraaj and I would definitely want him to apologise, not only to me but to all women in the industry.”I have been working in the south industry for over 11 years and have worn costumes which I have been 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 generalised by comments made by one such individual,” she added.
Bhatia went on to say that “we are actors, we are here to act and entertain the audience and should not at any point be objectified as commodities.”
Speaking to Sify, Nayanthara slammed Suraaj by questioning if Suraj would dare speak about the working women in his family in the same degrading manner he spoke about heroines.
“A heroine wears skimpy clothes in commercial cinema only if she is comfortable and the script requires it. And which audience is he speaking about who pay money to see heroines in bad light? Our audiences who look up to film stars are far more mature and respects women more than Suraj does,” she argued.
In his apology, Suraaj said ,“I am really sorry and would like to apologise to Tamannah 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.”