SIAA condemns Mansoor Ali Khan’s derogatory comments about actresses, NCW takes suo motu of the issue

The SIAA condemned Mansoor Ali Khan's statements about actresses and demanded an apology. The NCW directed the police to invoke IPC Section 509 B.

BySouth First Desk

Published Nov 20, 2023 | 12:31 PMUpdatedNov 20, 2023 | 12:46 PM

Mansoor Ali Khan at a press conference

Actor Mansoor Ali Khan’s objectionable comments about actresses have snowballed into a major controversy, with the South Indian Artistes Association, better known as the Nadigar Sangam — the second most powerful film body in Tamil cinema — strongly condemning his statements and demanding an apology from him.

The Nadigar Sangam said, “We saw a video clip of senior actor Mansoor Ali Khan making certain statements about actresses and were shocked by his comments. Expressing such derogatory opinions about actresses, who are overcoming challenges to achieve in the film industry, is highly condemnable.”

Declaring that the association would stand by the actresses in this case, the SIAA said, “We strongly condemn the derogatory statements made by Mansoor Ali Khan about his co-stars in the name of humour. His shocking behaviour has angered us and is of great concern. As an actor, director and producer, he must learn to speak responsibly.”

The SIAA demanded that the actor tender a wholehearted public apology in the same media publication where he made the objectionable comments.

It said it was mulling the possibility of suspending him from the association until he did so. “We request other actors also to be careful while expressing opinions in public and media in the future,” the SIAA added.

Meanwhile, Mansoor Ali Khan, for his part, claimed that he was being victimised for political reasons.

“I request all those criticising me to first watch the entire video of the interview I gave after a political meeting 10 days ago and then criticise me,” he said.

Mansoor Ali Khan claimed that he did not comment on any individual. “Cinema is about acting. They are looking to exact revenge on me for political reasons. Truth alone will triumph,” he added.

Meanwhile, the National Commission for Women (NCW) took suo motu the issue and directed the police to invoke IPC Section 509 B and other relevant laws.

On X, the NCW tweeted: “The National Commission for Women is deeply concerned about the derogatory remarks made by actor Mansoor Ali Khan towards actress Trisha Krishna. We’re taking suo motu in this matter directing the DGP to invoke IPC Section 509 B and other relevant laws. Such remarks normalize violence against women and must be condemned.”