Megastar Mammootty has tendered an apology for his purported derogatory remarks about actor-director Jude Anthany that he made during a teaser launch of the latter’s film ‘2018’.
“Dear all, even as I express my apology for irritating some quarters with the words that I used in excitement while appreciating director Jude Anthany at a function related to a trailer launch, I assure you that I would be careful not to use such words in the future. Thanks to all who reminded,” wrote Mammootty in his Facebook post on Wednesday.
Mammootty’s words at the teaser launch of Jude Anthany Joseph’s film ‘2018’ had met with some criticism. The actor had remarked that Jude is an intelligent man though he lacks hair on his head. “Felt very happy after watching the teaser. Jude Anthany may not have much hair on his head, but he is an intelligent man,” joked the actor during the teaser launch.
Many people soon started questioning the actor’s choice of words. “Why, what’s wrong with people who don’t have hair or are bald?,” asked some.
“Do you assume people who don’t have hair on their head are not intelligent?” Some even stated that the actor was body shaming another person with his comments. “If it was someone else and not Mammootty who had made the statement, people would have slammed him for the bodyshaming comment,” said another person.
Jude Anthany Joseph who has directed movies like ‘Om Shanthi Oshana’ and ‘Saras’ is awaiting the release of his upcoming film ‘2018’, which revolves around incidents and events that took place in Kerala during the tragic floods.
The film has an ensemble cast, including Tovino Thomas, Kunchacko Boban, Asif Ali, Aparna Balamurali, Indrans, Janardhanan, among others.
‘2018’, taglined ‘Everyone is a Hero’ is expected to hit the theatres in 2023