Renowned lyricist Vairamuthu had been accused in the Me Too movement. Later on, it was revealed that he was penning twelve songs for Mani Ratnam’s period film Ponniyin Selvan starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The music was helmed by AR Rahman. However, the makers received severe backlash for having a MeToo accused on board.
Now, a report by Indian Express suggests that Vairamuthu is not a part of the ambitious project. It all started in 2018, when Tamil singer Chinmayi Sripaada and a few other women accused Vairamuthu of sexual harassment. While he had refuted all the charges, the women who named the lyricist were shamed on social media.
As soon as the news broke, Sripaada took to her Twitter handle and shared a thread, adding that she is in debt to all those who stood by her and other girls, who had shared their ordeal.
Last year, 8 women named Mr Vairamuthu. 3 weeks ago, I got one more from an upcoming singer which I didn’t share. So far I know more than 12 girls who have had similar issues with him.— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) December 18, 2019
A man continued to use his power, influence and contacts to lay his hands on young girls. pic.twitter.com/ds9lvFHwQk
I am in debt to those who have been a voice to all of us, joining in, asked and demanded questions.— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) December 18, 2019
Public pressure can change things.
No better time to remember that than now.
Ponniyin Selvan is based don legendary Tamil novel of the same name, written by Kalki Krishnamurthy. The period drama revolves around the rise of a Chola King and Ash’s role is that of his rival’s manipulative wife who makes devious plans against the good king to bring him down.