The cute little peck planted by a kid on Nayantara's lips in the recently released Jiiva-starrer Thirunaal has landed director Ramnath in the soup with many criticizing him for exploiting the innocence of a young boy.
But Ramnath, who had earlier helmed Karunaas' Ambasamudram Ambani, is baffled by the way people are reacting to the scene, which according to him, doesn't deserve so much of attention.
A Casual Scene
"This is a very casual scene, and little kids get involved in different activities these days. One can't stop them from doing certain things. This scene doesn't have to be talked so much," Ramnath told IndiaToday.
"If it was a much older kid, then that might have raised many eyebrows. However, in this case, he's a small kid and if it was inappropriate, the Censor board would have asked to remove it," the director has said.
Speaking to IndiaToday lawyer Sudha Ramalingam has said the scene was not sexualized. "In a movie, the depiction of scenes will depend on the story line and if a child is locking lips, I don't think there's anything wrong," she has said.
Not Sexual In Nature
"You don't have to attach sexuality to everything. We see children kissing their mothers and sisters. Do you mean to say it is sexual in nature? I don't see anything like that," she has added.
"The scene was just too cute, both the boy's and Nayanthara's reactions were nice, and if you see the movie you will understand that the scene was just to show how Nayanthara's character is in the movie - a simple and loving teacher," a fan told the daily.
Meanwhile, the director has said he wanted to show Nayantara as a village belle. "We have been seeing Nayanthara in an urban look, so I gave her a makeover in my film. I am glad that it worked out for her and the film," he told DC.
'Thirunaal' Running Successfully
Thirunaal, which revolves around the life of Blade Ganesh, played by Jiiva, is running successfully in theatres across Tamil Nadu. It has been bankrolled by M Senthil Kumar under the banner Kodhandapani Films.
"First of all, the scene is just a reflection of the kid's innocent thoughts. It passed the censor board without being cut. Why don't people see the good message in the climax rather than concentrating on a scene that was meant for fun?
If Nayanthara had apprehensions while performing the scene, she wouldn't have shot it at all," he has said, according to report from Deccan Chronicle.
He thinks the scene reflects Nayantara's character in the movie and that it is time for us to overlook such trivial things while analysing a film.
"In recent times, there are a group of people who criticise anything and everything in a film. They blow up simple things out of proportion. We have stooped to the level that we can't overlook a young boy kissing his teacher," he added.
Also starring Gobinath, Karunaas and Joe Malloori in prominent roles, Thirunaal is running successfully in theatres all over Tamil Nadu.
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