Jai Bhim director TJ Gnanavel extended an apology after Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) alleged that certain scenes in the film tarnished the image of the Vanniyar community.
In a detailed statement written in Tamil, Gnanavel said that it was never his intention to defame a particular community.
He also added that it is unfair for people to blame Suriya for the controversy.
“Jai Bhim does not target or shame a particular person or any community. I would like to apologise to those who were offended. It is unfair to ask Suriya to take responsibility for this controversy. As a producer and actor, Suriya portrayed the role to shed light on the problems meted out to the tribal community. I would like to apologise to him for all that he has been put through,” excerpts from his statement said.