Though our stars are mostly non-controversial and are known for their professionalism, few acts and words of some of them had landed them in huge controversies, with the latest being Kamal Haasan.
This week, Mykollywood.com, as part of its Friday special articles series, tracks the controversies stoked by Tamil film personalities.
It all started when the president of Makkal Needhi Maiam, while speaking at an election campaign in an Muslim dominated area in Aravakurichi, said that ‘free India’s first terrorist was a Hindu’.
The Bharatiya Janata Party and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, the ruling parties in the Centre and the State, respectively, had sought an apology from him. Cases were filed against Kamal across the country and protests were held.
On Wednesday evening, chappals were hurled towards a vehicle from which Kamal Haasan was addressing an election meeting in the Tirupparankundram Assembly constituency.
Meanwhile, giving an explanation about his remarks, Kamal said, “Understand the meaning for the word extremist. I could have used the word terrorist or murderer (against Godse)… ours is active politics, there won’t be any violence.”
Veteran actor Sivakumar had this habit of knocking down mobile phones of those who attempted to take selfie with him. Just months after he was caught in the middle of a controversy for knocking down the mobile phone of a youth who attempted to click a selfie at a function, Sivakumar was at it again earlier this year.
At the family wedding of a film industry personality, Sivakumar knocked down the cellphone of a man who tried to take a selfie with the actor. The video of the incident went viral, with many mocking and slamming Sivakumar.
Last year, close on the heels of the selfie incident, Sivakumar issued a video statement, expressing apology for his angry act.
He said in the video: “Eager fans in a huge crowd tend to get excited like this. A popular actor has to bear with it. For all those who thought my actions were indeed wrong, I express my deepest regret. My heartfelt apologies to everyone, I am very sorry.”
Last month, criticising Chennai Super Kings’ casual approach to victory against Kolkata Night Riders during an IPL match, Kasthuri tweeted, “CSK are doing romance with the ball more than MGR did with Latha in Pallandu Vaazhga.”
Her tweet in Tamil earned her the wrath of MGR followers. Also, veteran Latha said, “Kasthuri’s comment is very distasteful. I strongly condemn her words. Despite belonging to the same industry, it comes as a surprise that she is making such an unpleasant remark and that too on a legendary actor like MGR. I also saw many Facebook and blog pages of the iconic actor/politician who are annoyed with kasthuri’s comment and condemned her. I have been in the field for 45 years and have never heard anyone talk about me like this. It is better she controls her tongue.”
Following this, Kasthuri expressed regret and said, “What’s wrong in MGR acting in sensuous romantic scenes with his heroines? And what’s wrong in me giving it as example? Where does indecency come here? I am one among innumerable fans of Vaathiyaar’s romantic songs and scenes. I have no intention of criticizing him in any manner. I strongly object the allegations that I have degraded their god. It is incorrect just to hail MGR as a leader and god but to hide his histrionic history.”
Simbu and Anirudh were jointly in the news and faced protests for Beep Song. Police registered a case against the actor and the composer for indecent representation of women in their infamous Beep song.
While Anirudh denied composing the song, Simbu claimed that the song was meant for his private consumption. The video, he claimed, was leaked.
Actress-politician Khushbu Sundar was attacked for her comments on premarital sex. The sequence of events started in September 2005, when India Today magazine conducted a survey on the sexual habits of people residing in the bigger cities of India.
Premarital sex was one of the issues discussed, and views were gathered from the different segments of society. Khushbu opined on the issue, saying that the incidence of premarital sex was an increasing phenomenon.
“According to me, sex is not only concerned with the body, but also concerned with the conscious . . . Our society should come out of the thinking that at the time of the marriage, the girls should be with virginity . . . But when having sexual relationship the girl should protect themselves from conceiving and getting venereal diseases,” she reportedly said.