Renowned actor Nayanthara found herself at the center of controversy following the release of her film ‘Annapoorani,’ which initially hit theaters on December 1 and later began streaming on Netflix on December 29.
Facing criticism for alleged disrespect towards Lord Ram and accusations of promoting ‘love jihad’ in her movie, Nayanthara took to Instagram to issue a heartfelt apology for inadvertently hurting the sentiments of Hindus. In her note, she clarified that ‘Annapoorani’ aimed to depict life’s journey filled with obstacles that could be overcome through resilience and determination.
Below is Nayanthara’s complete apology:
Navigating Controversy: Nayanthara’s Apology for ‘Annapoorani’
I am penning down this note with a profound sense of concern, hoping to address the recent developments surrounding our film, ‘Annapoorni.’ The creation of ‘Annapoorni’ wasn’t just a cinematic venture but a sincere attempt to inspire resilience and nurture the ethos of perseverance. It sought to mirror life’s journey, emphasizing that obstacles are surmountable through sheer determination.
In our genuine effort to share a positive message, it appears we inadvertently caused distress. The unexpected removal of a previously censored film, originally screened in theaters, from the OTT platform was never our anticipation. My team and I never harbored intentions to hurt anyone’s sentiments, and we acknowledge the gravity of this matter. As someone deeply rooted in faith, regularly visiting temples across the country, intentional offense is the last thing on my mind. To those whose emotions we have affected, I extend my sincere and heartfelt apologies.
The essence of ‘Annapoorni’ was meant to uplift and inspire, not to instigate distress.
Throughout my two-decade journey in the film industry, my guiding principle has been singular – to propagate positivity and foster mutual learning.
With genuine regards,
The release of ‘Annapoorani’ in theaters on December 1 took an unexpected turn as it faced severe criticism upon streaming on Netflix on December 29. The backlash resulted in numerous police complaints being lodged against the film, leading to its removal from the OTT platform.
The complaints primarily highlight certain scenes that allegedly offended sentiments. One such scene involves Nayanthara, portraying the daughter of a temple priest, offering namaz in a hijab before preparing biryani. Another contentious segment suggests that a friend of Nayanthara’s character “brainwashes” her into cutting meat, asserting that Lord Ram and Goddess Sita also consumed meat.
The controversy unfolds against the backdrop of the imminent consecration ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, with some complainants explicitly connecting the film’s content to this significant event. On social media, many individuals have echoed the complainants’ concerns, urging action against the film’s creators.