Be it Pudupettai or Ayiraththil Oruvan, Selvaraghavan has been the director we all looked up to but was he a socially responsible director?
It was a soup song, a famous soup song, A drunk young man played by Dhanush singing about how to deal with rejection- Adida avala, odhada avala… How cool was that, a song to abuse woman for not being able to cope up with rejection?
This was first of a kind and what followed was many more such songs but it was Adida Avala which was the tipping point for the gender-based songs that normalized woman bashing.
Now, after nine long years since Mayakkam Enna, director Selvaraghavan has apologized for the same.
In an interview with Cinema Express, the director said: “The Director has to be socially responsible. I apologise. Something like that should not have been written. It was a mistake.”
“I did not write it in fact,” he quickly clarified – the lyrics rightly belongs to his brother, and the star on whom the song was picturised, Dhanush. “But as a director, when people look up to what we show on screen, we will also have to be socially responsible. I accept it,” he said.
This apology comes in late but it is certainly a positive move. Hopefully, the “soup song” die soon as well.