Kollywood actor Mansoor Ali Khan faced backlash over his derogatory remarks about not having any scene with his Leo co-star Trisha Krishnan during the film's shoot schedule in Kashmir.
While called his statements made during a recent interview "sexist, disrespectful, misogynistic, repulsive and in bad taste" Leo director Lokesh Kanagaraj said he is "disheartened and enraged to hear the misogynistic comments made by Mr. Mansoor Ali Khan".
Trisha said she would never work with Khan ever again.
"A recent video has come to my notice where Mr. Mansoor Ali Khan has spoken about me in a vile and disgusting manner. I strongly condemn this and find it sexist, disrespectful, misogynistic, repulsive and in bad taste.
"He can keep wishing but I am grateful never to have shared screen space with someone as pathetic as him and I will make sure it never happens for the rest of my film career as well. People like him bring a bad name to mankind," the actor said in a statement shared on X.
"Respect for women, fellow artists and professionals should be non-negotiable in any industry and I absolutely condemn this behaviour," Kanagaraj said.
Condemning the remarks by Khan, actor-turned-politician Khushbu Sundar wrote on X: "As a member of NCW, I have already taken up the issue of Mansoor Ali khan with my senior and will be taking an action on it. Nobody can get away with such a filthy mind. I stand with @trishtrashers and my other colleagues where this man speaks in such a sexist disgusting mindset about them, including me. When we are fighting tooth & nail to protect women & bring dignity to them, such men are like a bot in our society."
Singer Chinmayi Sripaada pointed out that actors like Khan have always been talking like this. "The thing about men like Mansoor Ali Khan -- they have always been talking like this. Never been condemned, with other men in power, money and influence laughing along," she wrote.
Meanwhile, South Indian Artistes' Association (SIAA), also known as Nadigar Sangam, sought a public apology from Khan.
Slamming Khan for his objectionable, disrespectful remarks against Trisha and a similar comment on two other actors—Khushbu and Roja— in a media interaction, the popular actors' body said it is considering temporarily suspending Khan's membership till such time he tendered an apology.
SIAA president and actor M. Nasser said Khan had made the remarks against Trisha while speaking to journalists and he must similarly apologise to the actor in front of the media.