Getting away with making sexist remarks and not being held accountable is nothing new for tamil film actors. Radha ravi, an actor-turned-politician, made critical remarks against Nayanthara in 2019 but suffered little to no repercussions. ravi -Latest Updates, Photos, Videos are a click away, CLICK NOW'>radha ravi said in a speech that Nayanthara was not 'virtuous' enough to portray goddess characters in films. He went on to objectify actress Oviya for her role in the film 90 ml, which reportedly romanticized women drinking, having sexual encounters, and living freer lives.
Radha ravi, like Mansoor, was chastised for his comments. While his political career was derailed when he was expelled from the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (only to be welcomed by the All india Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and then by the Bharatiya Janata Party), he went on to appear in various films and continues to do so. He is still the president of the South indian Cine television Artistes and Dubbing Artistes' Union. Despite the anger following his horrible remarks, no director or filmmaker officially stated that he will not be cast in films. ravi -Latest Updates, Photos, Videos are a click away, CLICK NOW'>radha ravi and kollywood are going about their business as normal.
Earlier last year, comedian Robo shankar made derogatory remarks about actor Hansika Motwani, comparing her to a "wax doll" and "maida flour" and expressing displeasure that she had not allowed him to touch her leg while filming Partner. He went on to say lewdly that he now understood what it meant to be a hero because Hansika had only allowed the lead actor Adhi to touch her. On the occasion, journalist Ottran Dorai correctly called shankar out, and the video footage sparked outrage on social media. However, there was no apology from the comic, and his career was unaffected.
There have been several cases in which female performers have received incredibly insulting and disturbing comments from their male colleagues. While no actor or producer-related organization has criticized or sought an apology for these remarks, women actors seeking restitution have few options.
Tamil Nadu and kollywood may learn a thing or two from their neighbors Kerala. The Women's cinema Collective (WCC) was founded by many female actresses in the malayalam cinema industry. Despite being referred to as 'feminists' (a disparaging word for feminist women) for allegedly 'ruining' the business, the WCC has been aggressive in ensuring a secure atmosphere for female technicians and artists. The WCC's participation meant that the kerala High court issued an order requiring ICs to be formed on all malayalam film production sets.