Faced with outrage on social platforms for Telugu actor and Telugu Desam Party legislator Nandamuri Balakrishna's sexist comments directed at his women colleagues, the TDP on Tuesday was forced to issue an apology of sorts.
The Hindupur MLA, also brother-in-law of AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, was under fire from various political parties and women organisations for saying that his fans will be disappointed if he simply "ran behind actresses" and liked it when he "kissed a girl or made her pregnant.".
"I have always tried to do different roles. If I simply run behind the actresses, my fans will be disappointed. They like it when I either kiss the girl or make her pregnant. I too act naughty with the actresses, I pinch them sometimes,” he reportedly said.
Balakrishna was speaking at the audio launch of the film Savitri on March 4.
After a storm of criticism for the remarks, on Tuesday, a statement from TDP said: "Balakrishna regrets over his remarks and apologises if they hurt the feelings of any section. He made those remarks as part of fun (during the movie function) and did not aim at anyone. He also said that he inherited the culture of respecting women from his father NT Rama Rao."
A police complaint was lodged against the MLA by a section of lawyers for allegedly passing "vulgar" comments against women at a movie audio release function.
"We have received a complaint against Balakrishna alleging that he made some vulgar comments against women at an audio release function for a movie held three days ago. We are seeking legal opinion on the issue," Saroornagar police inspector S Lingaiah said yesterday.
Meanwhile, Opposition YSR Congress party has demanded an apology from the CM and Balakrishna on the issue.
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