Director Suraj apologises to Tamannaah for his sexist remarks

South film director G Suraj has apologised to actress Tamannaah Bhatia and all other actresses for his offensive comments regarding the costumes of heroines. The ‘Baahubali’ actress, who is the leading lady of his Tamil film ‘Kaththi Sanda’ demanded an apology from the director on Monday, after he made the sexist remarks.

In a promotional interview for ‘Kaththi Sanda’ on Monday the director was asked how he managed to make Tamannaah look so glamorous in the film. To this, Suraj replied, “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.”

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.

Suraj’s words raked up a storm on social media and a video clip of the interview went viral. An upset Tamannaah, who was watching Aamir Khan’s ‘Dangal’ left the film mid-way to settle the issue. In a strong-worded written post on Twitter, Tamannaah wrote, “This is 2016 and it is very ironic that I had to leave a film like Dangal in the middle which is on woman empowerment and to tackle this issue. I am very hurt and angered by the comments made by my director Suraj and I would definitely want him to apologise, not only to me but to all women in the industry.”

“We are actors and are here to act and entertain the audience and should not at any point be objectified as commodities. I have been working in the South industry for over 11 years and have worn costumes which I have been comfortable with. It is sad that women in our country are spoken about so frivolously and I would like to tell my audiences that our industry should not be generalized due to comments made by one individual,” her message further read.

Following severe criticism from other actors, including her co-star in the film, Vishal and fellow actress Nayanthara Suraj posted his apology statement in English and Tamil, on Twitter. He said in the statement, “Respected Media, I am really sorry and would like to apologize to Ms. Tamannah 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.. By G.Suraj.”