Sivakumar was mercilessly trolled on social media and netizens also condemned him for smacking away the mobile phone from a youngster who tried to take a selfie with the actor.
In his statement, Sivakumar said: “Taking selfies is something that involves the own interests as it might be something to relish with memories across your vacations and celebratory moments. I have no allegations or claims to make upon one’s personal interests. But when it comes to treating a socialite or a celebrity, it shouldn’t be the same there, where they deserve their privacy and respect too. It happened that from the moment I stepped out of the car and walked into the venue that was occupied with 200-300 people, I felt little disappointed to see around 20-25 people clicking selfies by pushing the volunteers and guards who accompanied me there. What I personally feel is that it is a courtesy to ask any celebrity or any person before they start clicking photos with them. A celebrity cannot be treated or taken for granted as a public property. I am someone, who has never hesitated to take photos at the airport and any gatherings with hundreds and thousands of people. I am not claiming myself as Buddha or a saint, but an ordinary person like you and am leading a life that I love. Moreover, I am not requesting anyone to accept me as their leader or an inspiring hero. Everyone is a hero in their own lives with their own ideologies, but at the same time, we should think at least for a while on how some of our deeds might affect others”.
But netizens say that Sivakumar could have politely told the youngsters and what he did was absolutely nasty and rude but snatching away the phone which was a costly one. This was an unruly behavior from a legendary actor who is known for his disciplined lifestyle.