Malayalam actor Dulquer Salmaan tendered apology to Tamil people in the name of a joke in a recent Malayalam movie which was considered as a disgrace against LTTE leader Veluppillai Prabhakaran.
The film ‘Varane Avasyamund’ in which Dulquer Salmaan was the hero landed the younger actor in a soup. While the movie received lots of love for a heart-warming portrayal of Chennai and its people, it also left a section of Tamil viewers miffed for a funny ‘Prabhakaran’ joke, which was widely misconstrued as a jibe at the Tamil leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.
The scene in question has actor Suresh Gopi calling a dog ‘Prabhakara’, a reference to the popular dialogue from another Malayalam movie Pattanapravesham(1988). But the joke brought extreme reactions from viewers, who made personal attacks against Dulquer Salmaan and director Anoop Sathyan for being insensitive towards Tamil sentiments and demanded that they apologise.
Clearing the air around the supposedly controversial dialogue, Dulquer Salmaan took to Twitter to issue a clarification. Stating that it wasn’t intentional from their part, Dulquer said, “A lot of people have brought to my notice that the Prabhakaran joke in Varane Avashyamund is insulting to the Tamizh people. It was not intentional. The joke is a reference to an older Malayalam film Pattanapravesham and is a common Meme in Kerala. It is a common name in Kerala as well so it wasn’t directed at any person living or dead as our disclaimer mentions in the beginning of the film.”
Dulquer further shared a clip from Pattanapravesham, from which the dialogue was taken. Also starring Kalyani Priyadarshan, Shobana, Suresh Gopi and Urvashi, Varane Avashyamund is produced by Dulquer Salmaan and has music by Alphons Joseph. The movie’s recent launch on Netflix had attracted a wide range of audience from Tamil Nadu as the movie holds a Tamil touch.