Trisha vowed never to work with Mr Khan, while Lokesh Kanagaraj, Khushbu Sundar, Chinmayi and more celebrities condemned his comments
In a recent press meet, senior character actor Mansoor Ali Khan, who featured in the Vijay-starrer Leo along with Trisha, made deprecatory comments about the actress and expressed his regret for not having a ‘bedroom scene' with her in the film. The viral video featuring Khan's regressive comments caught the attention of Trisha, who strongly condemned his remarks via a post on social media.
Mansoor said (in Tamil), “When I heard that I was acting with Trisha, I thought there would be a bedroom scene in the film. I thought I would carry her to the bedroom just like I did with other actresses in my earlier movies. I have done so many rape scenes and it’s not new to me. But these guys didn’t even show Trisha to me on the sets during the shoot in Kashmir.”
Trisha instantly took to X and instagram platforms and denounced his remarks by saying, “A recent video has come to my notice where Mr.Mansoor Ali Khan has spoken about me in a vile and disgusting manner. I strongly condemn this and find it sexist, disrespectful, misogynistic, repulsive and in bad taste. He can keep wishing but I am grateful never to have shared screen space with someone as pathetic as him and I will make sure it never happens for the rest of my film career as well. People like him bring a bad name to mankind. (sic)”
Following Trisha, filmmaker Lokesh Kanagaraj, Chinmayi, Karthik Subbaraj, Malavika Mohanan, Khushbu Sundar and more celebs expressed their outrage over Khan's remarks. Being a member of NCW (National Commission for Women), Khushbu said that she has already taken up the matter with her senior and will be taking action against Mr Khan.
Even Nadigar Sangam, also known as the South Indian Artistes' Association (SIAA), issued a statement condemning Mr Khan's derogatory comments and stated that it is considering to put a ban on the actor until he issues a public apology for his grave error.
Soon, Mr Khan's clarification via a Whatsapp message in Tamil started doing rounds on the internet and it read, "My kids informed me that they had heard on the news that I had mistreated Trisha in the press meet. To be honest, I complimented her at that press conference. In Leo movie, Trisha is treated similarly to how Hanuman moved the Sanjeevini mountain. I made the comments in a lighter vein. Some have purposefully altered them and presented it to Trisha. I am not the kind of person who is afraid of all this fuss. Today, prominent politicians are among the heroines who have collaborated with me. Several of the heroines settled down and married wealthy businessmen. My daughter Dil Rupa is a huge fan of her. I also have two more daughters. They want to get married. I have to support that. Those who have acted with me know very well how I respect women. Some people have angered Trisha by misrepresenting this. There is much work to be done in the world. So focus on your work. Thank you."
Khan's message didn't go down well with the netizens as it didn't show a sign of regret or even an apology for his remarks.
Updated date: Monday, 20 Nov 2023 - 11:48 AM