South Indian actress Nayanthara has issued an apology for hurting the religious sentiments of some people with her upcoming film Annapoorani, which depicts the story of a Hindu goddess. The actress said that she was unaware of the controversy and the objections raised by some groups, and that she respects all religions and beliefs.
Annapoorani film faces backlash from Hindu outfits
The film Annapoorani, directed by RJ Balaji and starring Nayanthara in the lead role, is a fantasy comedy that revolves around the life of a goddess who comes to earth to help people. The film’s teaser, which was released on January 14, 2024, showed Nayanthara in a modern avatar, wearing jeans and riding a bike, as well as performing miracles and fighting evil forces.
However, the film faced backlash from some Hindu outfits, who claimed that the film was mocking and insulting the Hindu goddess Annapoorna, who is the deity of food and nourishment. They also objected to the use of the slogan ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in the film, saying that it was a deliberate attempt to hurt the sentiments of the majority community.
The outfits demanded that the film be banned and that the makers apologize for hurting the religious sentiments of the people. They also threatened to launch protests and boycott the film if their demands were not met.
Nayanthara breaks silence and apologizes for the controversy
Nayanthara, who had remained silent on the issue so far, finally broke her silence and issued an apology for the controversy. In a statement released on January 20, 2024, the actress said that she was unaware of the controversy and the objections raised by some groups, and that she had no intention of hurting anyone’s feelings.
She said that she had accepted the film because she liked the script and the message of the film, which was to spread positivity and happiness among the people. She said that the film was not meant to mock or disrespect any religion or belief, but to celebrate the diversity and unity of India.
She also said that she respects all religions and beliefs, and that she has always been a God-fearing person. She apologized to anyone who felt offended or hurt by the film, and requested them to watch the film with an open mind and a positive attitude.
She also thanked her fans and well-wishers for their support and love, and hoped that they would enjoy the film when it releases.
Annapoorani film makers also express regret and clarify their stand
The makers of the film Annapoorani also expressed their regret and clarified their stand on the controversy. In a joint statement, director RJ Balaji and producer Ishari K Ganesh said that they had no intention of hurting the religious sentiments of anyone, and that they had made the film with a lot of love and care.
They said that the film was a fantasy comedy that was inspired by the folklore and stories of various goddesses in India, and that it was not based on any specific deity or religion. They said that the film was a tribute to the women empowerment and the spirit of India, and that it had a positive and uplifting message for the audience.
They also said that the use of the slogan ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in the film was not meant to offend anyone, but to show the respect and reverence that the goddess has for Lord Ram, who is her brother. They said that the slogan was a common and popular expression of faith and devotion in India, and that it was not associated with any political or communal agenda.
They apologized to anyone who felt offended or hurt by the film, and requested them to watch the film with an open mind and a positive attitude. They also thanked the fans and well-wishers for their support and love, and hoped that they would enjoy the film when it releases.
Annapoorani film to release on February 14, 2024
The film Annapoorani, which has been cleared by the censor board with a U certificate, is slated to release on February 14, 2024, on the occasion of Valentine’s Day. The film also stars Urvashi, Mouli, Ajay Ghosh, and Indhuja in supporting roles. The music of the film is composed by Vishal Chandrasekhar, and the cinematography is done by Vidhu Ayyanna.
The film is expected to be a fun-filled and entertaining ride for the audience, who will get to see Nayanthara in a different and refreshing role. The film is also expected to convey a message of love, harmony, and happiness among the people.