Advocate Ravi Kumar said in the complaint to the Saroornagar police that Balakrishna’s comments were provocative and would encourage attacks on women. Being a celebrity, he was making provocative remarks instead of empowering women, the complaint said.
Balakrishna, during the audio launch of the Nara Rohith-starrer Savitri, on March 4 had said, “I have always tried to do different roles. If I simply run behind the actresses, my fans will be disappointed. They like it when I either kiss the girl or make her pregnant.”
Regarding his co-stars, he had said, “I too act naughty with the actresses… I pinch them sometimes.” Following an uproar, he apologised for his comments saying that they were not meant to hurt anybody and that he was narrating sequences from his previous movies.
I respect all women, says Balayya
Balakrishna said he treated every woman as a family member, and invoked his father, former chief minister and patriarch N.T. Rama Rao.
“I have utmost respect towards women. The comments which I made were not to target anyone. Recollecting my previous movies, I made the comments. I extend my greetings to all women from the Telugu states and across the country on Women’s Day,” he said in an official release.
“ We have forwarded the complaint for legal opinion. We will proceed based on that,,” said Saroornagar police inspector S. Lingaiah.