Nayanthara Apologizes for Offense to Hindu Sentiments
Nayanthara Apologizes Amidst Criticism for 'Annapoorani' Movie, Addresses Concerns of Alleged Disrespect to Lord Ram and 'Love Jihad'.
Here is Nayanthara's full apology which she posted on Instagram: I am writing this note with a heavy heart and a genuine desire to address the recent turn of events concerning our film, 'Annapoorni.' Crafting 'Annapoorni' was not just a cinematic endeavor but a heartfelt pursuit of inspiring resilience and instilling the spirit of never giving up. It aimed to mirror life's journey, where we learn that obstacles can be overcome with sheer willpower.
In our sincere attempt to share a positive message, we may have inadvertently caused hurt. We did not expect the removal of a censored film, previously showcased in theatres, from the OTT platform. My team and I never intended to hurt anyone's sentiments and we understand the gravity of this issue. Being someone who wholeheartedly believes in God and frequently visits temples across the country, it is the last thing I would intentionally do. To those whose feelings we've touched, I extend my sincere & heartfelt apologies.
The intention behind 'Annapoorni' was to uplift and inspire, not to cause distress.
Over the last two decades, my journey in the film industry has been guided by a singular intention - To spread positivity & foster learning from one another.
With sincere regards,
'Annapoorani,' released in theaters on December 1, faced backlash upon its Netflix debut on December 29. Multiple police complaints led to its removal from the OTT platform. The objections center around specific scenes, such as one where Nayanthara's character, the daughter of a temple priest, is shown offering namaz in a hijab before preparing biryani. Another scene suggests her character is influenced to consume meat, with claims tying it to Lord Ram and Goddess Sita. The controversy coincides with the upcoming consecration ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, amplifying criticism on social media and prompting calls for action against the film's creators.
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