Jubilee Hills police on Tuesday registered a criminal case against senior character actor Chalapathi Rao following a complaint by several women after he allegedly made derogatory comments against women at the pre-release event of “Raarandoi Veduka Chuddam”. The actor’s comments have gone viral on social media and he was facing severe backlash for his foot-in-the-mouth comments.
“Ammayilu haanikaram kadu kani….. pakkalo ki paniki vastharu (I don’t know if girls are injurious to health or not but, they are useful in the bed), Chalapathi Rao reportedly said. The film’s tagline ‘Ammayilu aarogyaaniki haanikaramaa’ (Are girls injurious to health?) has become popular. The anchor at the event asked the celebs about their views over this tagline. To this many came up with quirky replies, but Chalapathi Rao’s ineffable comments took everyone by surprise when he said, “Ammayilu hanikaram kadu kani.. pakkalo ki paniki vastharu”.
Annoyed over Chalapathi Rao’s atrocious observation against womenfolk, an editor Kondaveeti Satyavathi and social activist Devi went to Jubilee Hills police station and filed a complaint against the veteran actor to circle inspector Venkat Reddy.
Heroine of the film Rakulpreet Singh, hero Akkineni Naga Chaitanya and film producer Akkineni Nagarjuna condemned the comments of the senior actor against womenfolk. Rakul said it was not proper for Chalapathi Rao, an elderly person, to speak atrociously lowering the dignity of women. Nagarjuna
Akkineni Nagarjuna, who is producing the film under his home banner Annapurna Studios, took to his Twitter handle to clear the air. He said he always respects women personally and professionally, and that he doesn’t stand by Chalapathi Rao’s derogatory comments.
Amidst the uproar over his obscene remarks, Chalapathi Rao too tendered an unconditional apology to women saying that he did not intend to hurt their feelings. “I always respect women,” he said. (NSS)