Prathap Pothen - Jayaram fans war of words
The hot topic of discussion in Mollywood is a war of words between actor-filmmaker Pratap Poten and fans of actor Jayaram.
One of the few fearless voices in Mollywood is Pratap Pothen, who hardly cares about courting controversies. It all started when Pratap made certain comments on Jayaram over the way the latter turned down an offer to his son from the former. After taking to online to express his dislike for actor Jayaram, the actor's friends seem to be concerned.
Fans of Jayaram, who were irked over Pratap's posting on his social media page, started attacking him verbally. And Pratap too came out with a lengthy post, explaining what made him say so.
And now, this is the latest from Pratap: "Today I got a message from a friend of mine. He said be careful they are ruthless. Yes, they are! But for a person who does not give a shit about life or money. at 63 as Rhett butler said, Frankly my dear, i dont give a dam"
FlashbackActor-filmmaker Prathap Pothen is often known for voicing honest opinions. To make his opinions known to people, he takes to social networking sites like Facebook.
The actor-cum-director sparked controversy over his Facebook post criticizing a 'Malayalam actor' of being arrogant. Pratap, in the post said that the actor does not deserve the Padma Shri award that was bestowed upon him. He further accused the actor of being a racist.
Pothen began his post by mentioning about a mimicry artist, who was introduced by his brother's company and later became a superstar. He later mentioned how this star bought Padma Shri and considered himself to be Marlon Brando.
The matter turned serious when he called the actor an "uncultured guy", making sure the audience understands which actor he is talking. He further mentioned the controversial "dark fat buffalo" remark about his maid.
A few years ago, Jayaram had got entwined in a controversy when he called his maid "dark fat buffalo like a Tamil woman". Following this, a city-based advocate had filed a defamation case against the actor. Later, a pro Tamil group had attacked his house for mentioning a Tamil woman as "dark skinned".
The actor tendered an unconditional apology for his remarks against Tamil women and said that he did not intend to hurt anyone's feelings.
"A person who speaks bad about the colour of the people in whose land you live in and call the women of the great Tamilnadu black and like Buffaloes needs a kick out of the place that fed him. A man who I hold in complete contempt, as if he is aryan and the people of Tamilnadu are black need to kicked out of the place that fed him a racist .. And an uncouth man ... Dark is beautiful you moron and please read something that will help u grow as a human being ...being fair is hardly human," wrote Pratha Pothen on his Facebook Page.
Though he did not take the actor’s name, fans were quick to identify that the post was directed towards Jayaram, “who started his acting career through Pratap’s brother’s film company”, as the director claimed. Hours after criticism rained on the post, Pratak took down the post.
According to the Pratap’s clarification post, he contacted Jayaram to offer a role to Jayaram’s son in his upcoming film.
But, Jayaram refused saying that his son was busy and that he does not want to work with old directors. He wrote that Jayaram’s arrogance blew his lid off.
“He said no he does not want to work with old directors .....well that made me upset and hence I put out the status because as an actor there is a decent way of refusing ...and there is a nasty way ..he chose the nasty way ..and talked down to me (sic),” he wrote.
Pratap further clarified that upon realizing that the racist accusation in his earlier post would hurt Jayaram’s son who is set to make his debut in Tamil cinema, he decided to take it off Facebook. He dismissed media reports that alleged that he took down the post succumbing to pressure from Jayaram’s fans.
Although he wished Jayaram’s son a great future in the film industry, he wrote that he still maintains the allegations he made against Jayaram.
“Now I still maintain ....that what I said about him is what I truly feel about him ....and so do a lot of others ...... (sic),” Pratap wrote.