Actress Nayanthara has issued a sincere and heartfelt apology for her recent Tamil film "Annapoorani," which faced allegations of hurting religious sentiments, leading to its removal from the streaming service Netflix. In a Thursday night Instagram post, the "Jawan" star expressed her regret, emphasizing that the film was intended to uplift and inspire rather than cause distress.
Beginning her note with "Jai Shri Ram," Nayanthara acknowledged the recent events surrounding "Annapoorani." She described the film as more than just a cinematic endeavor, emphasizing its heartfelt mission to inspire resilience and the spirit of never giving up. The movie aimed to mirror life's journey, portraying the idea that obstacles can be overcome with sheer willpower. In their sincere attempt to convey a positive message, the team may have unintentionally caused hurt, Nayanthara explained.
In "Annapoorani," Nayanthara played the role of a young woman aspiring to become the best chef in the country, facing the challenge of cooking non-vegetarian food to realize her dream. Directed by Nilesh Krishnaa, the film initially released in theaters in December before streaming on Netflix four weeks later. However, the movie sparked controversy last week, with complaints filed against Nayanthara and the makers, alleging that certain scenes hurt Hindu religious sentiments, made controversial remarks about Lord Ram, and promoted 'love jihad.' Consequently, the film was removed from Netflix.
Nayanthara expressed surprise at the film's removal from the streaming platform, stating that the team never intended to hurt anyone's sentiments. She emphasized her deep belief in God and frequent visits to temples, assuring that intentional harm was the last thing on her mind. The actress extended sincere and heartfelt apologies to those whose feelings were touched, reiterating that the purpose of "Annapoorani" was to uplift and inspire.
Following the complaints, the Thane district police in Maharashtra registered a case against eight individuals, including Nayanthara and the film's producer. The charges include sections of the Indian Penal Code related to promoting enmity between different groups, deliberate acts intended to outrage religious feelings, and offenses committed in a place of worship.
(With Agency Inputs)