The who's who of the Tamil film industry has slammed Mansoor Ali Khan's distasteful comments on Trisha.
Actor Mansoor Ali Khan has caused a massive outrage with his recent comments on Trisha. During a recent press interaction, Mansoor rued about not getting the opportunity to share screen space with Trisha in Leo. However, he tainted his reputation with sexist comments sending a shock wave across the country.
Mansoor Ali Khan claimed that he imagined that he would get an opportunity to act in a 'rape scene' with Trisha. He even complained that the industry was not casting him in villainous roles as much that would allow him such opportunities.
Mansoor's cringe-worthy comments have rightfully incensed the who's who of Tamil cinema. Trisha led the protest against Mansoor while vowing never to share screen space with him ever again.
"He (Mansoor) can keep wishing but I am grateful never to have shared screen space with someone as pathetic as him and I will make sure it never happens for the rest of my film career as well. People like him bring a bad name to mankind," Trisha said in no uncertain terms.
Several leading members of the Tamil film fraternity have expressed solidarity with Trisha, while condemning Mansoor. "Disheartened and enraged to hear the misogynistic comments made by Mr.Mansoor Ali Khan, given that we all worked in the same team. Respect for women, fellow artists and professionals should be a non-negotiable in any industry and I absolutely condemn this behaviour," tweeted Lokesh Kanagaraj.
It's worth noting that Lokesh Kanagaraj was a self-confessed fan of Mansoor. And he significantly contributed to Mansoor's popularity with the current generation of movie fans.
Filmmaker Karthik Subbaraj minced no words in expressing his contempt for Mansoor. "Disgusting MEN kind he is....... Shame on you MansoorAliKhan," he said.
Singer and #MeToo activist Chinmayi Sripaada was the first to bring the problematic comments of Mansoor to wide public attention. She wrote a lengthy note, slamming Mansoor and the culture that allows men to express such inappropriate remarks without fear of consequences.
"These people will never change, they live a looong time till they are 126 and keep spewing it till then. It is only when the creeps and rape apologists finally vanish, that the next generation will be better off, that is, if they haven’t been brainwashed by then," said Chinmayi.
Music composer and singer Amaal Mallik also expressed his support to Trisha and praised her for standing up for herself. "Terrible to see this What a pathetic statement to make towards any woman specially with regards to a topic like rape…Totally Unacceptable @trishtrashers you’re a legend & I’m glad you are giving it back; something very important to do so that people like #MansoorAliKhan don’t make such insensitive comments ever again !!!!!!," he tweeted.
Amid growing outrage against him, Mansoor sought to underplay his comments, claiming he said them in "lighter veins."