I refuse to be objectified as commodities, says angry Tamannah – Director Suraaj apologises for sexist comments

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Kaththi Sandai actress Tamannah Bhatia‘s tweet rebuking her director of the film Suraaj has gone viral which forced the director to issue an apology on social media. Tamannah’s co-star Vishal also came out in the support of the young lady.

On Monday, Suraaj claimed he has his heroines’ outfits shortened because female stars are expected to provide the glamour in a film, not act. His remarks were greeted with howls of protest and, hours later, Tamannaah posted a note writing she refused to be treated as a ‘commodity.’Suraaj has now apologised unequivocally, writing on Twitter: “I am really sorry and would like to apologise to Ms Tamannaah and all the heroines in the film 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.”

The director reportedly made the sexist remarks while talking about Tamannah’s costumes in the film, kicking up the controversy which made Tamannah furious.

Suraaj said in a media interaction on Monday, “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,” reported IANS. “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 said.

On Monday night itself, Tamannaah wrote that Suraaj’s comments prompted her to leave a show of Aamir Khan‘s new film Dangal midway – how ironic that Dangal should be a film about the empowerment of women.
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The 27-year-old actress demanded that Suraaj apologise not just to her but all her female colleagues. “We are actors and we are here to act and entertain audiences and should not at any point be objectified as commodities,” Tamannaah wrote, adding, “It’s sad that women in our country are spoken about so frivolously.”

Tamannah’s statement :

Vishal, also the General Secretary of the South Indian Artistes’ Association, termed Suraj’s comments as “totally unnecessary.”  He said, “Totally unnecessary statement by Dir Suraj. not jus sayin dis as gen secy of da artist association but as an actor.actresses showcase their talent and not their bodies.n glad that Suraj has apologised.@tamannaahspeaks sorry for Wat u bin thru Coz of this.unwanted,” he said in a series of tweets.

Actress Nayanthara also slammed Suraaj for his sexist comments and told Sify: “How can a responsible person from film industry make such a crass and cheap comment? At a time when films like Pink and Dangal speak about women empowerment and respect to women, in which era does Suraaj belong to? A heroine wears skimpy clothes in commercial cinema only if she is comfortable and the script requires it. And which audience is he speaking about who pay money to see heroine in bad light?”

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Kaththi Sandai, which released on Friday with Aamir’s Dangal, is an action film starring Vishal and Tamannaah in the lead. Tamannaah Bhatia starred in last year’s mega-movie Baahubali: The Beginning and appears in next year’s Baahubali: The Conclusion.

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