Dulquer Salmaan faces flak for allegedly insulting LTTE chief Prabhakaran in Varane Avashyamund
Dulquer Salmaan's latest film Varane Avashyamund is back in the news, and for wrong reasons. The makers of the film have now been accused of allegedly insulting LTTE chief Vellupillai Prabhakaran in one of the scenes.
A comedy sequence where actor Suresh Gopi calls his dog ‘Prabhakara’ didn't go down well with a section of the Tamil audience. They claimed that the scene hurts Tamil sentiments and such references could have been avoided. Dulquer Salmaan, who is also the producer of the film, was subjected to abuse and trolls on social media. Following this, the actor issued an apology clarifying the context of reference in the film.
He said that the dialogue was written with reference to a character from popular Malayalam film Pattana Pravesham. He later posted the video clip from the old Malayalam film and said that a few people had misinterpreted it without even watching the film.
Dulquer's statement read, "A lot of people have brought to my notice that the Prabhakaran joke in Varane Avashyamund is insulting to the Tamizh people. It was not intentional. The joke is a reference to an older Malayalam film Pattana Pravesham and is a common Meme in Kerala. It is a common name in Kerala as well so it wasn't directed at any person living or dead as our disclaimer mentions in the beginning of the film. Most people reacting are doing so without watching the film and are trying to spread hate. Hating on me and my director Anoop we can accept. Kindly keep it to us and not our fathers or senior actors from the film (sic)."
"I apologize to all of the good and kind tamizh people who felt offended. I have never intended to offend anyone through my films or my words. It's genuinely a misunderstanding. P.S. Some of you are being extremely abusive, threatening, deliberately hurtful and insulting family along with us. I wish that weren't so (sic)," he added.