Not so unexpectedly, director M. Rajesh faced the backlash for the innumerable of liquor-drinking sequences in his latest film Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga (VSOP) which released in theatres yesterday.
Netizens vented their anger and frustration at the liquor sequences in the film which appeared too many for them as well as for the critics.
They were particularly annoyed at the inclusion of those sequences at a time when people have been protesting hard against the existing liquor-selling TASMAC outlets throughout the State. Rajesh has, in the past, included many such sequences in all his films but seems to have crossed the holy ‘Laxman Rekha’ in VSOP.
Everyone, right from the hero to the comedian to the heroine, are shown to be taking liquor. It’s as if Rajesh is trying hard to make the point that not taking liquor is a ‘bad habit’ in society! Here are some of the tweets recorded by netizens against the film:
• Rajesh could have titled the film as Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Kudichavanga instead of Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga;
• Does Rajesh mean to say that liquor-drinking is the only way of expressing ourselves whether we are happy or sad?
• The film is another ‘TASMAC’ epic, like Rajesh’s earlier films: it’s full of beer and bar;
• Before implementing prohibition, such films should be banned from releasing in theatres.