Maari Selvaraj who impressed Tamil cinema audience with his debut film “Pariyerum Perumaal”, made a comment on Kamal Haasan’s blockbuster film “Papanasam” while interacting with public about how fear plays an important role in oppressing women in our society. Though the filmmaker’s perception was received well by the listeners, many people disagreed with the example he made and his comment on veteran actor Kamal Haasan.
“In districts like Coimbatore and Pollachi, they grabbed the cell phone from their daughters. Many girls forced to put full stop to their studies. Your father and mother will change in a second. You yourself will change in a second due to fear. We are living in that sort of a dangerous world” Maari Selvaraj can be seen interacting with public in an event.
Further, the filmmaker went on to talk about the 2015 blockbuster film “Papanasam” which is a remake of Malayalam film “Drishyam”. “A film named “Papanasam” became a huge hit among Tamil society. But the father would never say to his daughter that she doesn’t need to be ashamed of anything. He would never say to his girl that the guy who shot the video should feel ashamed. He will save his daughter in the climax and I don’t know what he would if other guy commits the same crime.” Maari said who further mentioned the name of actor Kamal Haasan who is considered as a legend in Tamil film industry.
“I don’t know whether the father would keep saving his daughter. But the film became a huge hit in our state. It is because the fear of parents is the investment in our state. A legendary hero like Kamal Haasan would teach his daughter to pretend in front of police officers to save her but would never teach her to shoo away such miscreants without fear. These kind of films led to crimes that happened in Pollachi” Maari said.
“If the first girl warned him in an appropriate way, 250 plus girls would have been saved. Think of what kind of society we are living in if the guy who shot the video is not getting afraid of anything” said the filmmaker..
Watch the video below :
போடா மயிரு னு சொல்லி போய்க்கிட்டே இரு…. 😍— பிரபாகரன் (@PrabhaKaran_45) January 2, 2021
மாரி செல்வராஜ் 😍😍😍 pic.twitter.com/HvtTH4A3Gs
Though the perception of the filmmaker got appreciated by enormous number of Internet using citizens, many disagreed with the example he provided. They claimed “Papanasam” as a crime thriller and a remake film from another language. They also felt that he should have used the name of the character instead of dragging Kamal Haasan. A fan of the actor said that Kamal is someone who made a film called “Mahanathi” in 1994 where he would ask his daughter to lead a successful life after the trauma she went through in a prostitution centre.
Many questioned Maari whether he watched the film “Papanasam” as well. “The father would come to know about the incident only after the murder. He would console his daughter and would save her from the Police.” said a Twitter user on seeing the video.
மாரி செல்வராஜ் படம் சரியாக பார்க்கவில்லையா?. அந்தபடத்தில் விடியோ எடுத்து மிரட்டியபையனை தாயும்மகளும் சேர்ந்து அடிப்பதால் இறக்கநேரிடுகிறது. எல்லாம் முடிந்த பிறகு தான் தந்தை #கமல்ஹாசன் அவருக்கு தெரியவரும். இருந்தும் மகள் மீது பிழையில்லை என அவளை தேற்றித்தான் பிறகு அனைத்தும் நடக்கும். https://t.co/CWBuFX4SqC— Balamurugan (@ibalamurugan72) January 3, 2021
Check out some of the reactions below :
Using KH name is the problem here…— BHARATH G (@BHARATHAJAYG3) January 2, 2021
He might have called Suyambu or father in Papanasam
This is ridiculous. Poda mayurunu solliduma nu sollirukalam. But its too late. There is a body in his backyard. And the rest of the film shows how a father saves his family from not getting charged for murder. Kamal comes into the picture only after the perpetrator dies.— AnandGovi Photography (@AnandPhtography) January 2, 2021
See, first of all the film was not made to convey the message that mari selvaraj mentioned in this video. The film is a mystery thriller that demanded it's own screenplay. No scene in the film supports the actions of the antagonist. We can't expect every film to deliver a message— Swaminathan (@iswaminathan) January 2, 2021
இயக்குநர் மாரி செல்வராஜ் அவர்களுக்கு, #கமல்ஹாசன் அவர்கள் அவரின் படத்தை பார்த்து அதை பெருமைபடுத்திய போது, #கமல்ஹாசன் அவர்களின் #பாபநாசம் படம் பார்க்கவில்லை போலிருக்கிறது. தேவர்மகன் படத்தை தாங்கள் விமர்சனம் செய்தது தெரிந்தும் உங்களை அழைத்து பாராட்டினாரே, அதுதான் அன்பேசிவம். https://t.co/ijahh4LmlU pic.twitter.com/5m8qQANTj4— Balamurugan (@ibalamurugan72) January 3, 2021
However, people should not fade the message conveyed by Maari Selvaraj in his speech. The way he advised girls to handle harassments such as blackmail, threatening etc, needs to be welcomed. A girl who is subjected to blackmail must not fear and should realize that the criminal is the one who needs to be ashamed of his behaviour.