Actress Samantha Akkineni has given a befitting reply to the people who trolled her over her comment on Kabir Singh, director Sandeep Reddy Vanga.
Two weeks after the movie was released, the director responded to critics and defended the violence in the name of love. The clip featuring his statement — “If you don’t have the liberty of slapping each other, then I don’t see anything (love) there” — went viral on social media. It created a lot of buzz with many feminists criticising the director for his views.
Samantha Akkineni shared the clip on her Instagram story and captioned it as “Deeply disturbing.” She had received the news of the clip from her friend, Chinmayi Sripaada.
Many of her fans mistook her comment for the film and were angry.
Some of them reminded her of how she appreciated Arjun Reddy. She had tweeted about it on August 27, 2017. Her tweet said, “#ArjunReddy is the most original film I have watched in a long time. The golden days of TFI are upon us. Team #ArjunReddy OUTSTANDING!!”
Samantha Akkineni was also reminded of a scene from Rangasthalam in which Ram Charan slaps her. Her character Ramalakshmi kisses him. It was portrayed as an act of love and not violence.
“In a scene in #Rangasthalam, Ram Charan slaps Samantha. She kisses him as the character Ramalakshmi saw it as an act of love and not violence. Every critic has given a thumbs up for the film & called it the best scene in the film. #WeSupportSandeepReddyVanga,” a fan with a handle @mynohop tweeted.
While some people trolled Samantha for her double standards, she quickly replied to them. She said that she did not talk about the movie, but that she disagreed with Sandeep Reddy’s statement.
She tweeted, “Liking the film.. and disagreeing with a comment are two different things. I loved the story of one ‘Arjun Reddy’.. not the generalisation that love means having the liberty of slapping people around.”
However, the tweet did not stop people from questioning her.