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Director TJ Gnanavel Opens Up About Jai Bhim Controversy

Director TJ Gnanavel issued a statement in which he apologised for hurting the sentiments of Vanniyar community.
by Anoop Sai Bandi | November 23, 2021 13:00 IST
Director TJ Gnanavel Opens Up About Jai Bhim Controversy

Jai Bhim landed in controversy when Pattali Makkal Kkatchi ad Vanniyar Sangam accused the film of defaming the Vanniyar community. Vanniyar Sangam sent a legal notice to Suriya, Jyotika, TJ Gnanavel, and Amazon Prime Video asking them to remove objectionable scenes and pay Rs 5 crore in damages.

 
In his statement, director TJ Gnanavel said, "If we had noticed, I would have removed it before the film's release. When the film was released on November 1, many pointed out the calendar. Before the controversy erupted, we started making plans to remove the symbol and the calendar. I thought people would understand our intention when we made the change. As a director, I should take responsibility. It is unfair to ask Suriya to take responsibility for this controversy. As a producer and actor, Suriya portrayed the role to shed light on the problems meted out to the tribal community. I would like to apologize to him for all that he has been put through. Jai Bhim does not target or shame a particular person or any community. I would like to apologize to those who were offended. My heartfelt thanks to members of the film fraternity, political outfits, social activists, media, and many faceless members who supported us during difficult times."


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