In what has come as yet another shock to the Telugu film industry, veteran actor Tamareddy Chalapathi Rao made some extremely derogatory comments about women. Certain Tollywood celebs have a notorious history as far as sexist and misogynist comments are concerned. We take a look at some of the most objectionable comments by Tollywood celebrities.
TAMAREDDY CHALAPATHI RAO ON WOMEN
At a pre-release event for the Telugu film Rarandoi Veduka Chudham, Chalapathi Rao was asked to share his thoughts on women in the light of a comment from the lead actor of the film. In Rarandoi Veduka Chudham, Naga Chaitanya says, “Girls are injurious to the peace of mind.” Chalapathi Rao answered, “Ammayilu hanikaram kadu kani… pakkalo ki paniki vastharu (Women are only fit for sleeping with men).”
The comment resulted in massive backlash on social media, and an apology from producer of the film Nagarjuna Akkineni. Akkineni wrote on Twitter, “I always respect women personally and in my films/I definitely do not agree wt Chalapati rao’s derogatory comments/dinosaurs do not exist (sic)”.
At the trailer launch of actor Raashi Khanna’s film Hyper, Nani said, “Raashi, you look beautiful and I can’t say more as it will not sound good. I used the word ‘beautiful’ because it is neat and classy, but everyone here knows just how beautiful you are.” Most people at the event laughed off the comments, but social media wasn’t all that forgiving.
BALAKRISHNA ON HIS HEROINES
Senior actor and politician, Nandamuri Balakrishna too appears on this list. At an audio launch event, Balakrishna spoke about how the audience isn’t willing to watch him romance his heroines by just running after them. “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,” said Balakrishna. The actor also went on to say how he ‘acted naughty’ with his co-stars at times, “I act naughty with the actresses… I pinch them sometimes.”
ALI ON ANUSHKA SHETTY
Ali, a well-known comedian and actor, is known for his controversial comments. Keeping true to his reputation, Ali spoke about Baahubali actor Anushka Shetty during the audio launch of the latter’s film Size Zero. Ali said about Anushka Shetty, “(She is) A hot jalebi who everyone likes to eat.”
Ali did not stop there. He went on to compare the thighs – of all things – of actos Sonal Chauhan and Anushka Shetty. “You had asked the other girl (Sonal Chauhan) to slap her thighs. However, she has no thighs. Anushka has really remarkable thighs. Ever since I saw her in Billa, I became her fan,” said Ali.
In the past too, Ali said some objectionable stuff about actor Samantha’s ‘midriff’. While social media erupted over the crass comments, Samantha dismissed it all by saying that Ali made the comments in a ‘light vein’.