Dulquer Salmaan took to his social media handle to release an apology after trolls attacked his family over a scene in his recent film Varane Avashyamund.
A small scene in the film triggered a major controversy where the users accused the makers of the film for hurting the sentiments of Tamizh people. Giving an explanation of the scene, Dulquer attached the reference to make his point clear on the ‘Prabhakaran’ reference made.
One Twitter user has pointed out a scene where Suresh Gopi calls his dog ‘Prabhakara’, saying that they were “gravely offended” by the “deliberate slander” on their Tamil leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, and demanded an apology from Dulquer and director Anoop Sathyan.
Dulquer said, “A lot of people have brought to my notice that the Prabhakaran joke in Varane Avashyamund is insulting to the Tamizh people. It was not intentional. The joke is a reference to an older Malayalam film Pattana Pravesham and is a common Meme in Kerala.
It is a common name in Kerala as well so it wasn’t directed at any person living or dead as our disclaimer mentions in the beginning of the film. Most people reacting are doing so without watching the film and are trying to spread hate.
Hating on me and my director Anoop we can accept. Kindly keep it to us and not our fathers or senior actors from the film. I apologise to all of the good and kind tamizh people who felt offended. I have never intended to offend anyone through my films or my words. It’s genuinely a misunderstanding.
P.S. Some of you are being extremely abusive, threatening, deliberately hurtful and insulting family along with us. I wish that weren’t so.”
The Anop Sathyan directorial marked the return of the hit pair Suresh Gopi and Shobana after a hiatus of 14 years. This is also Dulquer’s maiden production of — Wayfarer Films.