Kochi: In a yet another inspiring message, Mollywood actor Prithviraj Sukumaran on Saturday apologized for the being part of films that celebrated misogyny. Prithviraj also announced that the actress, who was attacked by goons last week, has returned to the shooting sets Saturday morning.
Perhaps, this is the first time a member of the Mollywood is coming forward to apologize for misogynistic narrations and dialogues in movies, which has been highly criticized by rights activists recently.
The actor also promised that he will never allow women to be disrespected in his movies again.
Lauding the actress for showing 'incredible courage' in one of the most difficult times of her life, Prithviraj said her actions will inspire many and give strength to many more unheard voices.
"Today..she makes a statement... a statement that will echo through time, space and gender... that no one or no incident has control over your life but YOU!" he said.
A gang led by a Sunil Kumar, aka Pulsar Suni, attacked the actress on the night of February 17, while she was returning from a shooting set in Thrissur to Kochi.
Suni and an accomplice, Vigeesh, were arrested by the police from inside a court room on Thursday and interrogated till they were produced before a magistrate here. Four others involved were arrested earlier.
The actress was released near director-actor Lal, who upon hearing her harrowing experience, informed the police.
Here's Prithviraj's post:
"Some of the most poignant moments in my life have been punctuated with moments of incredible courage. Courage from what I have now fully realised are God's most benevolent yet intricate creations. WOMEN!
From a mother picking up pieces of a suddenly derailed life, to bring up two young boys to be the men they are today..to a wife who at the fag end of a 40 hour labour, just as she was being cut open without an anaesthetic, holding my hand and telling me "It's alright Prithvi"..I have repeatedly been dumbfounded in realising how much of a lesser being I am in the company of the women in my life.
And today..as my dear friend walks in to the sets to kick start the shooting of her new film "ADAM", I once again bear witness to an extraordinary moment of courage from an extraordinary woman in my life! Today..she makes a statement..a statement that will echo through time, space and gender..that no one or no incident has control over your life but YOU! A statement that will now be part of counselling sessions and pep talks around the world. A statement that you my friend..are making in a million unheard voices!
And to those voices I apologise..for at an age and time when I wasn't wise enough..I have been part of films that celebrated misogyny..I have mouthed lines that vilified regard for your self respect and I have taken a bow to the claps that ensued. NEVER AGAIN..never again will I let disrespect for women be celebrated in my movies! Yes..I'm an actor and this is my craft! I will whole heartedly trudge the grey and black with characters that possess unhinged moral compasses...but I will never let these men be glorified or their actions justified on screen.
Once again..ladies and gentlemen..stand up and applaud for her! Behind the gutsy spunk, there is a vulnerable celebrity who knew well enough what this decision of hers would mean to a life under constant scrutiny. But she also knew..that she had to see it through...for that would set an example..light a torch that will show a path for many to follow!Today she makes a statement..
A statement of extraordinary courage!
Fanboy for life...dear friend..fanboy for life!