Just a day after we had reported Samantha has been harassed by a group at Tirupathi, now it is Anjali at Madurai.
Director Gaurav, who has been making ‘Thoonga Nagaram’ with ‘Pasanga’ Vimal and Anjali in the lead roles, was shooting for the film at Madurai recently when some unsavoury scenes were witnessed. The debutant director’s film is produced by Durai Dayanidhi (son of Union Chemicals minister Azhagiri) on behalf of his Could Nine Movies.
Besides directing the film, Gaurav (an erstwhile assistant director who had worked with K.S. Ravikumar) is also playing the role of one of the friends of Vimal in the film. Recently, the film’s shooting was taking place at Madurai Central Bus Terminus when trouble erupted. Besides Anjali and Vimal, 500-odd extra artistes were also shooting for the film.
The crowd of onlookers got bigger by the minute and soon swelled and formed a ring around the shooting crew. Some local youths, who happened to be crowding near Anjali, started teasing her. They pretended as if they were about to embrace her, scared Anjali screamed for help.
When the shooting couldn’t be continued amid chaos, some fans used the ‘opportunity’ to pull the actress by the hand. Irritated at what was happening, Gaurav slapped a few of them and asked them to behave properly. The locals threatened Gaurav with dire consequences but Gaurav retorted saying (naanum madurai karanthaanda) that he too belonged to Madurai and was ready for ‘anything’.
Co-incidentally, the film’s script has Madurai as the backdrop!