Acclaimed character actor Prakash Raj has broken his silence on the slapping scene in the critically acclaimed Tamil film ‘Jai Bhim’.
Raj, who plays IG Perumalsamy, slaps a Hindi-speaking moneylender who seeks to use the language as an instrument to obscure the truth and his involvement in the crime. The IG asks you to speak in Tamil. The scene was not well received by a certain section of the audience and sparked a great debate on social media, with many expressing their discontent on Twitter.
Tweeting the link to an interview he had given to a news channel, Prakash Raj wrote on Saturday: “He opened up about the controversial #JaiBheem slap and more. Please take a few minutes to read and share … keep supporting relevant cinema … love you all #JaiBheem. “
In the interview, Prakash Raj said, “After watching a movie like ‘Jai Bhim’, they didn’t see the agony of the tribal people, they didn’t see or feel terribly bad about the injustice, they just saw the slap. That is all they understood; This exposes your agenda. That being said, certain things need to be documented. For example, the anger of the South Indians against Hindi is imposed on them ”.
Explaining the relevance of the scene, Raj said: “How else will a police officer investigating a case react when he learns that a person who understands the local language chooses to speak only Hindi to avoid questioning? That has to be documented, right? The movie is set in the 1990s. If that character had been imposed on Hindi, he would have reacted only in this way. Probably, if it seemed more intense to me, it is also because that is my thought too, and I keep it.
Responding to his critics with a strong response, Prakash Raj said: “For some, the slapping scene only bothered them because it was Prakash Raj on screen. They seem more naked than me now, because their intention has been revealed.
If the tribal peoples ‘pain did not move them, then all I say is:’ Unakku ivvalavuthaan purinju daha da, nee thaana avan? (Is that all you understood? Are you that kind of person?) There is no point in reacting to such fans. You know, I got to Hindi very late. I have also given something back to that industry. It’s okay that we have differences, we have to learn to live with them. The focus here is on injustice. Let’s be fair. “
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