‘Will continue to take up all roles’

Not given to making frequent statements to the media, Nayanthara issued a strongly-worded note on Monday on the misogynistic comments made by Radha Ravi, actor and president of the Tamil Nadu Dubbing Union.

She said that as an actor of considerable seniority and work experience, Mr. Radha Ravi should have led the younger generation by example. “Instead he has chosen to take up the role of a misogynistic role model,” she stated.

In the wake of the #Metoo movement, the Nadigar Sangam had announced in October last year that it was planning to set up a committee to ensure the safety of theatre and cinema artists to prevent gender-based harassment.

There has however been no further announcement on the constitution of the committee.

Ms. Nayanthara also questioned the Nadigar Sangam and asked if they would be setting up an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) and commence an internal inquiry.

“Irrespective of all negative remarks and aspersions cast upon me, I shall continue to take up the multifaceted roles of Sita, ghost, goddess, friend, wife, lover and so on with the sole intention of providing maximum entertainment to my fans,” her statement read.

Over the last few years, Ms. Nayanthara has had several female-centric films to her credit which have been successful and has earned her the title of ‘Lady Superstar’.

Her upcoming film Airaa is scheduled to release on March 28.

Directors Vignesh Shivn, Milind Rau, actors Vishal, Taapse Pannu and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar as well as singer Chinmayi were among those who had spoken in support of the actress and called out Mr. Radha Ravi on the derogatory statements made against her.

K.J.R, Studios, a film production house which had made movies Aramm, Visvasam and the soon-to-release Airaa announced on Saturday that they would not work with Mr. Radha Ravi in the future.

Letter of condemnation

In a letter of condemnation, the South India Artists Association (SIAA) or Nadigar Sangam, said that his derogatory statements were not just restricted to this specific instance and that he has made distasteful comments several times in the past.

“If this continues, the Nadigar Sangam will have to take some strong decisions regarding extending support to you in the industry,” they said.

The Tamil Film Producers Council (TFPC) too strongly condemned Mr. Radha Ravi and said in a statement: “While this not only tarnishes his image, this will also bring disrepute to the Tamil film industry.”

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