On November 8, director K Balachander's statue launch saw Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth together. What caught the attention of people was the presence of lyricist Vairamuthu, as nearly 8 women called him out during the #MeToo movement.
Singer Chinmayi Sripaada was one of the women named Vairamuthu in the #MeToo movement. She took to Instagram to share her woes at Vairamuthu getting invited to events as a chief guest.
She posted the photo of Kamal Haasan, Rajnikanth, and Vairamuthu from the event and wrote, “MeToo has ruined the lives of the men accused of sexual harassment (FYI - I am referring to Vairamuthu here)The constant comment is accusing a man of molesting will ruin his life and career. And he can’t show his face outside. Vairamuthu has been a chief guest at multiple DMK events, IAS officer training academy events, Tamizh Language events, book launches and Industry events in this entire year. Nothing has happened to him. I was banned almost immediately. Justice meted out by the Tamilnadu Film Industry’s biggies :) Party with the known molester ban the accuser :) (sic)"
Apart from her many people tweeted expressing displeasure at the event.
A couple of months ago, director Mani Ratnam and composer AR Rahman were also called out for working with Vairamuthu in the upcoming film, Ponniyin Selvan. The film has almost 12 songs written by Vairamuthu.