The film courted controversy when a caste outfit asked its members to attack Suriya
Director Gnanavel's Jai Bhim has been in the news since the time it has started premiering on Amazon Prime Video. A caste outfit based out of Tamil Nadu expressed their displeasure over the portrayal of a scene in the film and asked its members to attack Suriya, who played the lead role in it.
The police has now provided protection to the actor's residence at T Nagar in Chennai. A few celebs like Sathyaraj, Vetri Maaran, Pa Ranjith, Prakash Raj and Venkat Prabhu among others had extended their support to Suriya apart from other movie buffs who took to social media to express solidarity with the star.
The other day, Santhanam, who attended the press meet of Sabhaapathy, which is releasing on Friday, opened up on the controversy when he was asked about the same. He said that be it Jai Bhim or any other film, it is not right to depict someone in bad light to glorify others.
"All of us have certain opinions on several things. It is okay to stand by it, but we should ensure that our opinions do not hurt anyone. Filmmakers should ensure this while making movies hereafter. A movie should entertain people irrespective of their caste, religion and ethnicity."
Santhanam added that the audience and critics are free to criticize him if he fails to walk the talk. Following his speech at the event, many came down on him on social media for the constant body shaming and lewd jokes that appear in his films. A few went on to add that he is quite a casteist person because of which he didn't bother to say good things about Jai Bhim.
On the other hand, a few came up supporting Santhanam, too, saying that he never intended to say bad things about others.