Chinmayi, Radikaa Sarathkumar condemn Radha Ravi for derogatory comments on Nayanthara

The veteran actor's comments in the recently conducted trailer launch event of Nayanthara-starrer Kolayuthir Kaalam, has not gone down well at all.
Radha Ravi  (File Photo)
Radha Ravi (File Photo)

There used to be a time when a promotional event for a film, be it an audio launch or a success meet, was mainly to hype up the film, and talk nice things about its cast and crew. Somewhere along the line, social media was invented, and the filmmakers took the old adage "any publicity is good publicity" too seriously. 

You had events where potential rabble-rousers, who had nothing to do with the film being invited to say "a few words", which would then be splayed all over the next news cycle on various social media platforms. 

One such repeat offender is actor Radha Ravi, whose acerbic remarks have consistently been offensive, but had gone unchecked. However, his comments in the recently conducted trailer launch event of Nayanthara-starrer Kolayuthir Kaalam, has not gone down well at all.  

Nayanthara (Photo | File)
Nayanthara (Photo | File)

While we don't want to give any mileage to the venom spewed by the actor in the guise of "observation" about the present state of Tamil cinema, his comments against Nayanthara are not just in poor taste, but downright libel. 

Following Chinmayi's multiple revelations in the wake of the MeToo movement in India, she has not just been at the receiving end of his disparaging comments, but was also ousted from the Dubbing Union, of which he is the current president. The National Award-winning singer, who is waging a battle against him, with little to no support from the film industry, was among the first ones to call Radha Ravi out for his comments on the Lady Superstar, and urged the Nadigar Sangam and Producers Council to "take action, if they could" against him.

Joining the outrage was Aval director Milind Rau, who vouched to "never work with this misogynistic person ever again". 

Director Vignesh Shivn took to Twitter to express his outrage over this incident, and said, "Clueless and helpless because no one will support or do anything or take any action". He mentioned in subsequent tweets that "none of us had any idea that this event was going to take place for an incomplete film"

Meanwhile, veteran actor and Radha Ravi's sister, Radikaa Sarathkumar, took to Twitter to express her solidarity with Nayanthara, with whom she has shared screen space in multiple projects, including Naanum Rowdy Dhaan, and the upcoming Mr Local. Varalaxmi Sarathkumar wrote a series of tweets in protest.

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