After T Rajendar insulted Sai Dhansika onstage during the press meet for Vizhithiru, support for the actor has been pouring in from fans and industry insiders.
Actor and producer Vishal, who holds posts at the Nadigar Sangam and Producers' Council, issued a statement condemning TR's attack on Dhansika.
During the press meet, Dhansika had thanked a few people who'd worked on Vizhithiru. However, she forgot to mention TR who has done a dance in the film. TR then began a verbal attack on the actor and wouldn't let go even when she apologised.
His disrespectful behaviour has been slammed on social media and others from the industry. Actors like Prasanna, Priyamani, Priya Anand, director Lakshmy Ramakrishnan, singer Chinmayi, TV anchor and actor Divyadarshini, have expressed their support for her.
The incident is reminiscent of the time when Aishwarya Rai Bachchan forgot to mention Rajinikanth during the audio launch of Endhiran in Malaysia. But with an important difference - while TR was outraged that Dhansika did not mention his name when all he'd done in the film was a dance, Rajinikanth merely looked amused when Ash left out his name despite him being the hero.
Aishwarya had thanked a list of people but omitted Rajinikanth, the hero's name. However, when reminded, she quickly ran back to the mic and said that she'd been "saving the best for the last."
Rajini can be seen smiling throughout Aishwarya's speech, without any rancour on his face.