Telugu movie star Nandamurri Balakrishna has courted a controversy by allegedly making sexist comments during a film event in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Balakrishna, during the audio release event of the Telugu film Savitri, said "My fans don't accept if I simply tease the heroines onscreen. I must kiss or impregnate them. That’s all. We have to commit ourselves.”
While his remarks received a thunderous applause from the audience, women’s groups and activists are up in arms against the actor.
A complaint, meanwhile, has also been lodged against the noted actor by a section of lawyers for allegedly passing 'vulgar' comments against women at a movie function, police said.
"We have received a complaint against Nandamuri Balakrishna alleging that he made some vulgar comments against women at an audio release function of a movie. We are seeking legal opinion on the issue," the Saroornagar police said.
Following the public outcry over his remarks, Balakrishna, the MP from Hindupur, has issued an apology, adding that those “comments were made in a lighter vein and it has been widely misconstrued.”
He said, “I have enormous respect for women and I see every woman as a member of my family and treat them like my sisters. It is a trait I inherited from my father.”
“I tender my apology if my remarks had hurt anyone,” the 56-year-old actor-turned-politician added.
Balakrishna, is the son of the late chief minister and veteran actor N. T.Rama Rao.