South Indian Films rocked the Indian film industry in 2022. Its films not only performed well in India but were appreciated globally. With the success of films like RRR, KGF: Chapter 2, and Kantara, 2022 was a fruitful year for southern films. However, it also had its own share of controversies. Here we have covered a few controversies witnessed by the South Indian film industries.
Kannada Film Industry
1. Twitter spat between Kichcha Sudeep and Ajay Devgn
During a film launch event, Kichcha Sudeep remarked that Hindi was no longer the national language of India. His statement irked Ajay Devgn so much that Devgn took to Twitter, tagged Sudeep, and wrote in Hindi, asking him why he was dubbing his films in Hindi if it was not the national language. Sudeep calmly replied to Devgn that his statement was taken out of context. To this, the Bollywood star said that something was lost in translation and that he expected everyone to respect every language.
2. Actor Darshan trolled for insensitive remarks on ‘Goddess of Luck’
During the promotions of his latest film Kranti, the actor made a statement on the Goddess of Luck. He claimed that he teaches youngsters to know that the Goddess of Luck doesn’t knock on their doors easily, but when she does, she must be taken to the room and undressed so that she doesn’t step out of the house. His remark was slammed as insensitive, and the actor was trolled on social media.
3. Thaikkudam Bridge accused ‘Kantara’ makers of plagiarism
Kantara was one of the biggest blockbusters of 2022. A song from the film, Varaha Roopam, was one of its biggest highlights. The Kerala-based band Thaikkudam Bridge claimed that Varaha Roopam was copied from its song titled Navarasam. The band filed two cases in court and got a stay against the makers from using the song Varaha Roopam.
Tamil Film Industry
1. Dhanush-Aishwarya divorce
The Tamil film industry and fans were in for a rude shock when actor Dhanush announced separation from his wife Aishwarya, daughter of superstar Rajinikanth. The two were married for 18 years, and the news of their divorce raised many eyebrows. The couple did not state the reason behind their decision to part ways, but requested privacy from family, friends, fans, and well-wishers.
2. Nayanthara-Vignesh’s surrogate twins
Power couple Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan tied the knot in June this year but were shocked when their surrogate children were born in October. The Tamil Nadu government was forced to order an inquiry against them, as surrogacy was banned in India last December. It was later revealed that they officially married in 2015 and followed due guidelines.
3. Vijay’s ‘Beast’ Banned in Kuwait and Qatar
Tamil superstar Vijay’s highly anticipated film Beast was banned in Kuwait when it was released earlier this year. It is said that the Kuwait government decided to ban the film, as it portrays Pakistanis and Muslims as extremists. Soon, the film was also banned in Qatar for similar reasons.
Telugu Film Industry
1. Sai Pallavi getting slammed for comparing ‘Kashmir Files’ to cow vigilantism
Sai Pallavi made headlines for the wrong reasons in June when she compared the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits to lynching for cow smuggling. Calling herself ideologically neutral, she said the oppressed needed protection. However, several took objection to her comments, saying the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley wasn’t similar to cow vigilantism.
2. Vijay Deverakonda grilled by Enforcement Directorate
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) then initiated a probe against the makers over alleged violations of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). With the probe still on, the ED grilled Liger’s director Puri Jagannadh, co-producer Charmme Kaur, and actor Vijay Deverakonda for hours after the complaint.
3. Naresh-Pavitra Lokesh relationship
Tollywood superstar late Krishna’s son and Mahesh Babu’s brother Naresh created a stir when his relationship with Pavitra Lokesh became public. The actor’s third wife created a ruckus at a hotel in Mysore and allegedly tried to attack Pavitra Lokesh who was staying with Naresh at that time.
Malayalam Film Industry
1. Vijay Babu accused of sexual assault
A female Malayalam actor earlier accused actor-producer Vijay Babu of sexual assault. Soon after the allegations, Babu went live on Facebook, revealing the identity of the complainant, and the matter was investigated further.
2. Controversy over a film title
Acclaimed writer NS Madhavan alleged that the film title Higuita had deprived him of his right to the title of a film based on his short story of the same name. However, debutant director Hemanth Nair claims that his film starring Suraj Venjaramoodu and Dhyan Sreenivasan had nothing to do with the short story.
3. Actor Sreenath Bhasi was arrested for abusing a female anchor
Kochi police arrested actor Sreenath Bhasi for allegedly abusing a female anchor while promoting his film Chattambi. A video clip that went viral showed Bhasi getting annoyed at the anchor for asking some questions that he felt were silly. The actor was heard telling the crew to stop filming and allegedly abused the anchor and the crew after the camera was switched off.