Vishal's "Kathakali" has landed in a controversy over a comment on condoms his character has made in the movie. The actor is seen uttering the word in the trailer of the movie.
In the trailer, Vishal is seen asking leading lady Catherine Tresa for a condom in what appears to be a shop, to which she says in Tamil it is not available there. The issue has been raised by senior actress Raadhikaa Sarathkumar, who tweeted: "Asking for condom in trailer is offensive, can someone say sorry, my small son asking questions. (sic)"
However, Vishal has told some Tamil mediapersons he has not found it an offensive word and has clearly stated that saying the word "condom" is not wrong. He claims it is a passing comment in the trailer and we should go by the complete context of the scene.
He adds that Catherine Tresa plays the role of a BPharm student and the word "condom" has not been included with any hidden intension.
Vishal and Raadhika Sarathkumar have reportedly not been on good terms for some years now. They had lots of issues, and last year's Nadigar Sangam election drama is still fresh in the minds of the Tamil audience. The duo was caught in opposite ends, and indulged in accusations and counter-accusations till the polls came to an end.
It has to be noted that the Regional Censor Board has not objected to the word in the film, and the board has given a "U" certificate to the flick.
"Kathakali" has been written and directed by Pandiraj. It is an action film, and also features Regina Cassandra, Nassar, Karunas, Soori and Sreejith Ravi. The Tamil flick will hit the screens for Pongal.