Actor Chalapathi Rao booked for sexist remarks

Actor Chalapathi Rao booked for sexist remarks
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Veteran film actor T Chalapathi Rao landed in trouble after he made derogatory remarks against women at a pre-release function of the Telugu feature film “Rarandoi Veduka Chudham”, starring Naga Chaitanya and Rakul Preet. 

Hyderabad: Veteran film actor T Chalapathi Rao landed in trouble after he made derogatory remarks against women at a pre-release function of the Telugu feature film “Rarandoi Veduka Chudham”, starring Naga Chaitanya and Rakul Preet.

Complaints poured in against Rao at Jubilee Hills police station and also at Saroornagar police station from women rights activists and groups.

While the Jubilee Hills police did not act immediately citing all the police officers were out on bandobust duty, the Saroornagar police registered a case against Rao.

The case was registered under Section 354 a, Clause IV (Making sexually coloured remarks, shall be guilty of the offence of sexual harassment) and Section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code.

Rao has been drawing flak from the people and celebrities alike for his sexist remarks on women at the film event.

Industry sources say, Rao had made derogatory comments against women in the past too. Not only Rao, but there have been other actors like Ali and even popular hero and legislator, Nandamuri Balakrishna, who had made sexist remarks in the past.

In the recent incident, a female anchor asked Rao for his reaction on a dialogue in the film delivered by the lead actor, Naga Chaitanya, which translates into “girls are injurious to mental peace”.

Rao appears to have forgotten all the decency and made the derogatory comments. The programme was telecast live. This received condemnation from various quarters.

The actors and producers of the movie condemned Rao's remarks. Even the Movie Artists Association (MAA) also convened a special media conference and offered apology to the women.

Actor Nagarjuna Akkineni took to twitter to condemn the remarks. He said, “I always respect women personally and in my films/ I definitely do not agree with Chalapati rao’s derogatory comments/dinosaurs do not exist!

“Rarandoi Veduka Chudham” is produced by Nagarjuna and stars his son Naga Chaitanya. The lead actor tweeted, “Respecting women is a way of life for me. The reactions shown on TV weren’t for the statement made. Do I agree with it? Absolutely NOT!”

Reacting sharply, Rakul Preet, who plays the female lead in the film, also condemned Rao’s remarks. “Apologies 4 a late response 2 #ChalapathiRao comments! wish I understood d exact meaning of it then. I condemn it n my off stmnt wil b out soon,” she tweeted.

Rao, however, issued a statement accusing the media of blowing his remarks out of context. “I didn’t mean to hurt anyone. If I had hurt your feelings, I am sorry. But, I was angry when they asked me if “girls are harmful”? Do we sleep with snakes? No.

That’s why I said woman are harmless and that’s why we sleep with them. I don’t even understand what’s wrong in that. Some channel, that does not know Telugu, reported it and others are spreading it like cancer. I will never insult a woman. I will always treat women with respect like mothers and sisters,” he said.

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