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Malayalam Director's Comment on PV Sindhu Causes Controversy

Sasidharan later claimed that he was being sarcastic

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Updated:August 24, 2016, 12:05 AM IST
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Malayalam Director's Comment on PV Sindhu Causes Controversy
Sasidharan later claimed that he was being sarcastic

Rio 2016 has been a cornucopia of both celebration and controversy. From Shobhaa De making remarks on athletes taking selfies, to Ram Gopal Varma taking a dig at the measly number of medals won by India, the controversy just doesn't end.

The latest in the line is Malayali director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan. Sasidharan put up a Facebook status update on Friday 19th of August that said "Everybody is celebrating Sindhu. Makes me want to spit(throw up). What is there to celebrate so much?"

The director of Oraalppokkam and Ozhivudivasathe Kali received a lot of criticism post his comments. Also, his status update being in Malayalam lead to an awful lot of mistranslations. Some interpreted it as him wanting to spit on Badminton player PV Sindhu.

The director later clarified through another status update that he was being sarcastic. His intentions were not to defame or be derogatory towards the athlete. Rather he was actually mocking male chauvinists who were undermining Sindhu's achievement. The director who claims to be a feminist and a supporter of women both through his films and in real life said that people misunderstood his intentions.

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| Edited by: Pathikrit Sanyal
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