The Thupparivaalan (2017) director was speaking at the film's audio launch in Chennai on Sunday.
Mysskin stokes new fire by using 'rape' analogy to describe Mammootty performance in Peranbu
Mumbai - 17 Jul 2018 16:00 IST
Updated : 21:51 IST
Tamil filmmaker Mysskin has come in for criticism for using an unfortunate 'rape' analogy to describe actor Mammootty's performance at the audio launch of the Malayalam superstar's upcoming film, Peranbu.
"If I were a girl, I would have raped him," said the director while speaking about Mammootty's performance in Ram's Peranbu (2018). Immediately, the Thupparivaalan (2017) filmmaker came in for criticism for making the statement.
In a video from a Facebook group for Mammootty fans, Mysskin can be seen describing a scene in the film. To emphasize the way the veteran actor captivated him, the director says, "If he had been younger and he had been a woman, I might have fallen in love with him. Had I been a girl, I’d have raped him actually. Such fabulous acting."
Shockingly, one can hear laughter and applause as the director makes the statement on the dais.
The statement has not gone down well with several fans on social media. Malayalam cinema is already fighting a bitter battle over the reinstatement of actor Dileep, under trial for allegedly plotting the abduction and assault of an actress in 2017.
The Association of Malayalam Movie Actors (AMMA), led by Mohanlal, the other superstar in Malayalam cinema, came in for severe criticism, with several members tendering their resignations, for the decision.
Actor Mammootty is one of the leading members of the association.
The Twitter backlash against the director was almost universal.
#Mysskin's distasteful statement doesn't fall under 'just a joke' category. Oh man, rape jokes aren't funny. CAN NEVER BE. Survivors of sexual violence deserve respect and support. Please don't tweet, 'come on, he of course, didn't really mean it'.— Subhakeerthana (@bhakisundar) July 16, 2018
This is the kind of men who make films that turn out to be runaway hits even though the substance is utter filth and misogynistic gore.— Vaishnavi (@Vaishax) July 16, 2018
Apparently, he'd rape someone to proclaim his love for them. And get this, the audience was in splits!#mysskinhttps://t.co/CG4z5l3TVi
This is not a fucking joke. Rape is not a joke. Rape is not an expression of love or admiration. @dir_Mysskin this is disgraceful. Retract your statement and apologise. #Mysskin #Mammootty #Peranbu #PeranbuAudioLaunch #PeranbuAudioFromToday https://t.co/gnVLTqafqt— Vishal Muralidharan (@Silverblood711) July 16, 2018
Even actor Prasanna, who was part of the director's acclaimed Thupparivaalan (2017), condemned the statement, saying, "Mysskin is a friend of mine. Yet I am disgusted and ashamed of his comments on women and Tamil actors. Can only feel pity for the people who laughed for it."
Mysskin is a friend of mine. Yet am disgusted and ashamed of his comments on women and tamil actors. Can only feel pity for the people who laughed for it— Prasanna (@Prasanna_actor) July 17, 2018
It's not about anyone making an issue out of it here. But people shud maintain decency have some etiquette and a sense of what they r spilling when on a public stage— Prasanna (@Prasanna_actor) July 17, 2018
The statement by Mysskin comes in a week when director AR Murugadoss and actor Srikanth have been accused of molesting Telugu actress Sri Reddy. While the director later admitted to the website silverscreen.in that he could have 'phrased it differently', there has been no apology so far.
Peranbu is directed by Ram Subramaniam and features Mammootty alongside Anjali, Samuthirakani, and Sadhana, and has music composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja.