Actor Rajinikanth on Tuesday said he had no regrets over his comments on social reformer EV Ramaswamy Periyar. The 69-year-old actor has been accused of defaming Periyar, while in his defence, he said he was only responding to news reports he came across.
The Dravidar Vidhuthulai Kazhagam (DVK) has filed two complaints against Rajinikanth on charges of hatred and enmity. The group has threatened protests outside theatres screening actor’s movie Darbar if he does not apologise.
On January 14, speaking at the 50th anniversary of Tamil magazine Thuglak, Rajinikanth referred to Periyar’s 1971 rally in which naked images of Lord Ramachandramoorthy and Sita were displayed and none of the media outlets published or condemned it. He asserted that it was only Cho Ramaswamy, founder-editor of Thuglak magazine who had published as well as criticized the rally.
Rajinikanth added that the then government led by DMK chief M Karunanidhi had seized the circulation of magazine’s rally-edition. However, Ramaswamy reprinted and sold the copies like hotcakes, the actor said.
The actor asserted that he would not be apologising for his remarks adding that the incident can be forgotten but can’t be denied.