Chettiyar community turn against RKs Puli Vesham

Industrialist-turned-actor RK has refuted in concrete terms that his latest film ‘Puli Vesham’ has in any way maligned the Chettiyar community, one of the dominant castes in the State. ‘Puli Vesham’, which has RK playing the lead role, has Sadaa, Karthick, Mansoor Ali Khan and a newcomer Divya, released last week in theatres.

The film has been directed by P. Vasu, who has delivered some significant hits in his career including the record-breaking ‘Chinnathambi’ starring Prabhu and Khushboo and the super-duper hit ‘Chandramukhi’ starring Rajinikanth in the lead. ‘Puli Vesham’ has been directed by Vasu after a brief hiatus from films.

At a recent meeting of the Aarya Vaisya Munnetra Peravai held in Salem, the members spoke angrily about the way the ‘Chettiyar’ community has been treated in the film. They demanded an apology from the producer of the film for including sequences where in ‘the community is spoken of lowly’ and demanded that those portions should be deleted from the film. Many resolutions were also passé towards this effect.

RK, who is also the producer of the film, has firmly denied those accusations. “Our purpose was to make a wholesome entertainer which would appeal to all sections of the audience. The dialogues in the film are quite natural and are according to the needs of the script. No man or community has been targeted; I, therefore, request everyone to treat it as a ‘film’ and not take anything seriously,” RK has said.

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