A comic comment lands actor Jayaram in fire
sasidharannair | February 9, 2010 at 11:46 amby
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Jayaram's recent Malayalam film 'Happy Husbands was a super hit. In a television chat show participated by Jayaram and his wife and former actress Parvathi, Jayaram remarked to a funny question in the context of the storyline of the film and its heroine's mindset. In that film the heroine was very suspicious about her husband and she always employed dark skin women as domestic help.
During the chat show the anchor asked, "In film the wife is like that and what about in your real life? Have you ever taken a second look at your house maid in real life?"
Taking a cue from the movie Jayaram replied, "My maid is a dark, fat, buffalo-like Tamil woman. How can I even look at her?"
The reply was also quick enough to hold up the good spirit of the show. The humour was enjoyed well by the Malayali viewers. People those who have less humour sense found fault with his remarks.
Synonymous to political parties coming up claiming the only saviours of culture and language with a political stunt-drama for cheap mileage and free publicity, the Pattali Makkal Kachi's (PMK) advocates union come up with a claim that Jayaram insulted Tamil women and Tamil culture. Also PMK's Advocate Forum for Social Justice (AFSJ) filed a writ on February 5 at <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Egmore Court in Chennai demanding prosecuting Jayaram for defamation.
Ironically Jayaram is a Tamilian who has been brought up in Kerala and started his film career with Malayalam films. Since last 23 years he was in Tamil film and he lives at Valasaravakkam in Chennai with his family.
The general Tamils are at hysterical best and icon worshippers. 15 years ago Tamils built a temple in Tiruchirapalli town for actress Khushboo and worshipped her as goddess despite the fact that she is a Muslim. The same Tamils have been demolished that very temple when Khushboo remarked about the need for protective sex. She said it was fine for girls to have pre-marital sex - but not without taking precautions to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Later, she added that no educated man should expect his wife or girlfriend to be a virgin.
A group of people, said to be activist of Nam Tamizhar Iyakkam of Director Seeman attacked Jayaram's house with petrol bombs, stones and sticks. They smashed the glasses of the car parked, damaged window panes and set fire to chairs. Many of the mementos and awards were set fire through petrol bombs thrown inside the house. 12 persons have been arrested and police are at the look out of the remaining people from the 25 plus gang. Jayaram was at Kozhikode in Kerala participating in a shoot of a new Malayalam film.
In wake of the untoward incidents, Jayaram expressed regret for his unintended remarks on Tamil women on Friday and tendered apology from Kozhikode. Jayaram said his remarks had been misinterpreted. Later he reached Chennai on February 6, Saturday, and in a press conference repeated his apology and requested for "Marappu, Mannippu" (forget and forgive) in typical former DMK leader and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Annadurai style.
"I did not mean to hurt anybody's feelings. I have been in the Tamil film industry for 23 years and never have I hurt the feelings of Tamils. I am a Tamilian. How can a hurt my mother? If at all my recent comments had disturbed my Tamil sisters, I apologize."
Five police personnel have been put on for round the clock security to Jayaram's house at Valasaravakkam in Chennai.
Actor Thyagarajan, Director K.S. Ravikumar, Confederation of Tamil Nadu Malayali Association President M. Nandagovind and many prominent people from Tamil and Malayalam film industry visited his house at Valasaravakkam.
The Valasaravakkam police have registered a case against film director and leader of the 'Nam Tamizhar Iyakkam' Seeman in connection with the attack on the house of actor Jayaram on Friday. According to police, Mr. Seeman was accused of instigating the attack on the actor.
While eight persons were held soon after the attack on Friday, a special team investigating the case arrested four more on Saturday, including Seeman's brother James Peter.
Mr. Jayaram's house in Lakshmi Nagar was damaged after a group of youths threw stones and set on fire furniture at the main entrance. Valasaravakkam Inspector Murugesan and Sub-Inspector Rajaram were transferred for not taking action to prevent the attack despite intelligence inputs.
Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on February 6, Saturday, said as actor Jayaram had expressed unconditional apology for his remarks, it would be better to forgive him and leave the matter at that.
Replying to a question, he said if the actor had spoken anything derogatory of Tamil women, it needed to be condemned. But, as he had offered an unconditional apology, it would be better to follow what former Chief Minister C.N. Annadurai had said" "Let us forget and forgive."
Now the issue has been resolved and PMK withdrew its agitation against the actor.
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