When the trailer of Comali, starring Jayaram Ravi in the lead, hit the internet over the weekend, it gave rise to a massive controversy. The two-minute-long video took a dig at South superstar, Rajinikanth’s political career, which has not gone down with many fans and admirers of the actor and it also includes Kamal Haasan. According to an Indian Express report, Murali Appas, the PR representative of Kamal Haasan’s political party Makkal Needhi Maiam, shared on Facebook, “Nammavar (aka Kamal Haasan) saw Comali trailer. He immediately called up the producer. He told him that he can’t see the joke in mocking Rajinikanth’s entry into politics. And he does not agree with it. Is this friendship or the voice for justice.”
Jayaram Ravi too confirmed in a lengthy post on social media that the controversial scene will be deleted from the movie, he stated, “A particular substance in the trailer involving Shri Rajinikanth sir has unfortunately hurt the sentiments of a few Thalaivar fans. I would like to make it clear that the element was included in a positive light. Being a hardcore Superstar Rajini sir fan, I have been as eager and anxious as any other follower to see him embark on his political journey. We all grew up watching his movies, his action and his style had mandatorily become an inherent part of our nature and there is no way that we would show such disrespect to him in any way or his fans. What made him more loveable that before is that he saw the trailer of Comali and appreciated our team for the creative appeal and congratulated us for coming up with such a unique idea. However, to see that such an ideation without an deliberate intent has been receiving resentments and some negative feedbacks from a section of his fans, we have decided to delete the portion from the movie.”
Comali traces the journey of a man who wakes up from coma after more than a decade, switches on the news to see visuals of Rajinikanth announcing his political entry. Ravi Jayaram, who plays the lead, refuses to believe it, stating that the clip is from 1996.
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