Vijay on online abuse: Everybody has the right to criticise anyone's film

August 10 2017

Recently, Dhanya Rajendran, editor-in-chief of The News Minute, wrote a simple tweet on Jab Harry Met Sejal -- that she walked out of the film halfway through, while she waited till interval for Vijay's Sura (2009). After the tweet went viral, several Vijay's fans trolled, abused and threatened Dhanya Rajendran for criticising a film that released eight years back. Breaking his silence, Vijay on Wednesday issued a statement and asked his fans not to abuse women and that everyone has the right to like/dislike a film.

In the statement written in Tamil, Vijay said, "I am someone who respects women a lot. Everybody has the right tocriticise anyone's film. It is my view that no woman should be spoken of in a demeaning way for any reason or any time. Everyone has to praisewomanhood. I request that nobody should share hurtful and wrong views about women on social media."

Hisstatement comes after the crime crime filed an FIR against four anonymous users who abused and sexually harassed Dhanya Rajendra on Twitter. According to Dhanya, 60,000 tweets were posted by individuals masquerading as fans. In fact, on Sunday, fans started trending the hashtag #PublicityBeepDhanya. After which, Dhanya lodged a complaint with cyber crime cell in Chennai.

Onthe work front, Vijay will be next seen in Mersal, which is being directed by Atlee and is written by Baahubali writer KV Vijayendra Prasad. The first single Aalaporan Tamizhan will be out later at 5pm today. Produced by Sri Thenandal Films, Mersal is slated to release on Diwali this year.

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