Well-known Director G Suraj’s alleged sexist comments against ‘Baahubali’ actress Tamannah Bhatia, the leading lady in his latest film, drew the ire of the actor with co-star Vishal coming in support of her, prompting the filmmaker to issue an apology.
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.
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,” Suraaj 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.
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 Suraaj”.
— Tamannaah Bhatia (@tamannaahspeaks) December 26, 2016
Now, the “Kaththi Sandai” director issued an official statement apologising to Tamannaah and other heroines in the industry.
“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.
Suraaj worked as an assistant director to Sundar C. He made his directorial debut with “Moovendhar”. His “Thalainagaram”, “Marudhamalai” and “Padikathavan” were surprise hits at the box office.