Coming to the rescue of popular Malayalam and Tamil actor Jayaram, facing protests over his alleged derogatory remarks against Tamil women, Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi today said the controversy should be put to an end in the spirit of “forgive and forget” since the actor had apologised.
Karunanidhi also warned that police would “not remain witness” to attacks on the actor’s house.
His comments come a day after eight members of a little known Tamil outfit ‘Naam Tamizhar’ were arrested for attacking Jayaram’s house here protesting his remarks.
“It is condemnable if Jayaram spoke about Tamil women in bad taste. However, let us forget and forgive since he has tendered an unconditional apology,” Karunanidhi, a film script writer himself, told reporters here, adding, “Police would not remain a witness to attacks on his house or intimidation of his family members.”
The actor had reportedly told a Malayalam TV channel recently, “My maid is a dark fat buffalo like a Tamil woman, how can I look at her,” when asked whether he had taken a second look at his house maid in real life.
Jayaram, who has acted in a number of Tamil films including ‘Panchathanthiram’ and with Kamal Hassan, yesterday tendered an apology for his remarks with folded hands, saying he did not intend to hurt anyone by his comments.
The Advocates’ Forum for Social Justice today said the petition filed by it against Jayaram in a city court would be withdrawn in view of the apology.
In a statement here, forum founded by PMK leader S Ramadoss, said since the actor had himself tendered an unconditional apology, the forum has decided to accept it and withdraw the case when it comes for hearing on February 10.