Well known filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma surface the headlines for his derogatory remarks on NDA presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu
MUMBAI: A BJP leader has filed a complaint against Bollywood film director Ram Gopal Varma for controversial remarks against NDA presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu.
"If DRAUPADI is the PRESIDENT, who are the PANDAVAS? And more importantly, who are the KAURAVAS?" Varma tweeted.
Reacting to this, Telangana BJP leader Gudur Narayana Reddy filed a complaint against the director at the Abid Road Police Station, accusing him of disrespecting the SC and ST community.
"This tweet is tantamount to disrespecting the SC and ST people. Here, he calls 'Draupadi' the President. If he would have only mentioned Draupadi, Pandavas and Kauravas, we would have had no objections. We, the BJP workers, are hurt at such comments from RGV," Reddy was quoted saying.
He requested the police to register a case under the SC/ST Atrocities Act and demanded severe punishment for the director.
However, Ram Gopal Varma later clarified his intentions over the tweet, claiming that it was made in 'earnest irony' and was 'not at all intended to hurt anyone's sentiments.' Adding to his previous controversial statement, his tweet read, "This was said just in an earnest irony and not intended in any other way ..Draupadi in Mahabharata is my favourite character but Since the name is such a rarity I just remembered the associated characters and hence my expression. Not at all intended to hurt sentiments of anyone."
However, this is not the first time Ram Gopal Varma has been a part of controversies on social media.
Credit: The Free Press Journal