Singer Chinmayi has called out Radha Ravi for his sexist comments against Nayanthara at the audio launch of the upcoming film Kolaiyuthir Kaalam. At the event yesterday, Radha Ravi asked if Nayanthara deserved to be called ‘legend’ or ‘lady superstar’ when she was playing the roles of both a ghost and a goddess in her films, and people were worshiping her for ‘looking like a prostitute’.
Singer Chinmayi slammed the dubbing union president for slut shaming Nayanthara at her own film’s audio launch, and asked why no one had said a word against this. She criticised the silence of the producers’ council and Nadigar Sangam, the unions who had said they could not take action against her termination from the dubbing union because it was matter of the ‘functioning of another union’.
Been waiting since yesterday for *some* sort of a condemnation from the male actor fraternity in Tamilnadu since yesterday.
In this video Radha Ravi, President, TN Dubbing Union openly slut shames a female actor at HER movie’s trailer launch.
And not. a. word from anyone. Yet.
— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) March 24, 2019
Actor and dubbing union president, Radha Ravi, who has been accused of sexual harassment in #Metoo, was invited as the chief guest to Kolaiyuthir Kaalam audio launch. The event was attended by actors Rajshiri Ponappa, Sai Priya, director Karu Palaniappan, and the producers of the film.
He began his speech saying Nayanthara was a good actor, and remained strong despite controversies. He then said people had forgotten all the ‘scandals’ she was a part of ever since she attained star status. Amidst applause, he added, “Previously only KR Vijaya would be approached for all goddesses roles. Now it’s not like that, anyone can dress as god… both those who worship and those who are prostitutes.”
— Thiyagu PRO (@PROThiyagu) March 23, 2019
Voice artist Booma Subbarao slammed Radha Ravi saying, “Are movie audio launches designed exclusively for this man to abuse women?” She is one of the members of the dubbing union who had been terminated for speaking up against the alleged misappropriations at the union.
Is audio launch of movies designed exclusively for this man to abuse women ??? Just take the count of all videos watch it later dont say we edited what he said ….from beginning till end however we hear its clear that he talks dirty and he claims that to be his talent
— Booma Subbarao (@BoomaRao) March 24, 2019
Vignesh Shivan spoke against Radha Ravi for seeking attention with his comments. He also said this was not a film promotional event when the movie was still incomplete and the film’s team did not attend the launch.
Clueless and helpless cos no one will support or do anything or take any action against that filthy piece of shit coming from a legendary family .. he keeps doing this to seek attention! Brainless !
Sad to see audience laughing& clapping for his filthy comments!
None of us
— Vignesh Shivan (@VigneshShivN) March 24, 2019
None of us had any idea that this event was going to take place for an incomplete film .. the actual producers or directors left the film few years back I guess! Inappropriate event wit unnecessary people sitting and knowing not what to speak ! If this is called promoting a movie
— Vignesh Shivan (@VigneshShivN) March 24, 2019
During his previous speeches at other launch events, Radha Ravi has made jokes about rape, mocked the Metoo movement, and said it was ‘detrimental to the progress of cinema’. He also said that men in the industry had overcome many challenges to get where they were, and people supporting MeToo were ruining their careers.
After yesterday’s speech, many people have asked Nayanthara to file a case against him. They have slammed the filmmakers for inviting a person accused in the MeToo movement, and the audience for cheering him while he spoke.
Members of the TFPC, Nadigar Sangam and other cinema celebrities are yet to respond to this.
I blame the audience who tolerate such speech. I had to experience such filthy dialogues from him in a music concert way back in 90's which had elite audience. Few of us walked out of the hall. So, it is just how the listeners who react to such words makes them talk again.
— Yamini Vijayaraj (@yamini_speaks) March 24, 2019
@VishalKOfficial any thoughts sir? Any condemnation? Show of support?
— Lisana (@lisana91) March 24, 2019
— Allwin A (@alvin_asvd) March 24, 2019
Yenda manangetta naaingala.. Padatha release pandradhu thalaiviyoda name vachu.. Idhula avangalaye abuse panni pesura naaya vachu audio launch pandringa.. Avana pesa uttu ella naayum moodinu ukkandhu kettutrikkinga.. Shame !
— Sharath (@Sharath_TR) March 23, 2019
How come you guys are entertaining this person who doesn't know what to talk and he always talk very bad about especially women. If he continues to behave and talk, there is no tomorrow for him any of the industry.
— Sridhar Ramamurthy (@kikiribukiri1) March 24, 2019