Veteran actor Chalapathi Rao may have essayed the role of a ‘baddie’ several times in ‘reel’ life but his comments on women at a film function on Sunday has kicked up a storm portraying him as a baddie in ‘real’ life too.
A day after his lewd comments against women, the actor has been booked for the same in Hyderabad.
The senior actor has been booked under section 354 a (IV), 509 IPC at Saroor Nagar Police Station for his controversial remark on women.
At the audio release function of Rarandoi Veduka Chuddam, Rao was asked if “women were harmful (haanikaarak)”. The actor said, “No, they are useful in bed”.
The anchors were taken aback by his derogatory behaviour.
Rao, however, issued a statement accusing the media of blowing his statement out of proportion. In his defense, he said, “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 media houses 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,”
However, this isn't the first time Chalapathi Rao has been a sexist offender.
Long ago, in a television interview, the actor obscenely claimed that he raped many women. When questioned on the offense, he said that he was referring to rapes in films.
Actor-producer Nagarjuna tweeted, "I always respect women personally and in my films. I definitely do not agree with Chalapathi Rao's derogatory comments."
Actress Rakul Preet tweeted, "Apologies 4 a late response 2 #ChalapathiRao comments!wish I understood d exact meanin of it then.I condemn it n my off stmnt wil b out soon."
When the telecast happened, people thought Rakul and Chai were laughing at Rao's comment.
Here's Rakul's fitting reply to that:
For people who think @chay_akkineni n I ver laughing at those comments , telecast happens at a 5 mins lag n those reactions ver not for it.— Rakul Preet (@Rakulpreet) May 23, 2017
Here's what Chai had to say:
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 !— chaitanya akkineni (@chay_akkineni) May 23, 2017
Unable to fend off all-round criticism, Chalapathi Rao tendered a hand-written apology to women on Tuesday.