At a promotional event for his movie, Suraj was asked about Tamannaah’s role in the movie and whether he gave special focus to a heroine’s role and costumes.
The director remarked that he wants his heroines to wear skimpy clothes and sizzle on-screen.
The director’s sexist remarks didn’t go down well with Tamannaah.
Reacting to the comments, Tamannaah said, “This is 2016 and it’s very ironic that I had to leave a film like Dangal in the middle which is on woman empowerment to tackle this issue. I am very hurt and angered by the comments made by my director Suraaj and I would definitely want him to apologize not only to me but to the entire women in the industry. We are actors and are here to act and entertain the audiences 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 such individual.”
The director had earlier said, “If the costume designer comes to me with the heroine’s clothes covering up to the knee, I tell them to shorten the length. They would repeatedly say that ‘madam would be upset’, but I insist and get it done.”
“Let heroines show their acting abilities in television serials. When it comes to commercial films, they are paid only to provide the required sizzle to the money paying audiences,” he further added.
Courtesy: The Times of India