“It’s important not to confuse the real Sivakarthikeyan with the actor. For instance, I don’t smoke and drink. I don’t chase women. I despise violence. But I cannot tell a director that I won’t do those things in a film. On Remo, one Tamil publication wrote, Remo samudhaayaththin saabakedu. Really? I understand giving me advice, but why would people try to stop a film from doing well?”
“Evanukko sutta dosai, namakku vara madhri.”
What it means: Women are objects to be consumed.
“When the whole world dismissed me for being uneducated, photography helped me understand myself. With each click, life became pleasanter, and I found an identity.”
While all of our known universe remained consumed by Kabali, the Swathi issue has been gently pushed away from public consciousness, and along with it, the palpable anger at the depiction of stalking as a perfectly normal — why, even romantic — manner of courtship in Tamil cinema. There was even an online petition against…