Chennai, Mar 25:
The DMK has suspended actor and partyman Radha Ravi for his making vile and sexist remarks at the trailer launch of Nayantara’s latest film.
A statement issued by DMK General Secretary K Anbazhagan on Sunday said that the actor was being suspended from primary membership of the party.
“Actor Radha Ravi is being temporarily suspended from primary membership of the party and all party posts for breaching party discipline and acting in a manner that brings disrepute to the party,” said the statement.
Speaking at the trailer launch of Nayantara’s latest film Kolaiyuthir Kaalam on Saturday, Radha Ravi slut-shamed the Lady Superstar, making sexually charged remarks.
“Nayanthara acts as a ghost, and then she goes on to act as Sita as well. She acts as Sita! Earlier, to play the role of a goddess, they would look for [someone like] KR Vijaya. Now, anyone can be cast to play a goddess. They can cast someone who you want to pray to when you look at them, they can also cast someone you want to call towards you when you see them!” he had said.
Not stopping at slut-shaming an actor at the launch of her own film’s trailer, the serial misogynist went on to make vile remarks about the Pollachi sexual assault and extortion racket that had shocked Tamil Nadu in recent weeks.
“What is the difference between a big film and a small film? If you rape one girl at once, it is a small film. If you rape 40 people at once, like in Pollachi, it is a big film,” he had said.
66-year-old Radha Ravi is the son of yesteryear actor and politician MR Radha. He has been part of both major Dravidian parties in the state. He had served as chief of the Nadigar Sangam too.
Despite allegations of systemic mismanagement, Radha Ravi also continues to head the Dubbing Union, the central body for voice and dubbing artistes in the Tamil film industry. Notably, he was named for sexual misconduct in the MeToo movement.