Dulquer clarifies Prabhakara joke in Varane Avashyamund
Reported By 27 Apr 2020
For many Malayalis who watched the debut production of Dulquer Salmaan and the Varane Avashyamund directorial of Anoop Sathyan, the word Prabhakaran used by the character of Suresh Gopi to call his dog rung a bell instantly. It was made popular after all by the role of Thilakan in Pattanapravesham, directed by Anoop's father Sathyan Anthikad.
However, those who are unfamiliar with yesterday's cult film Malayalam starring Mohanlal and Sreenivasan took offense, and Dulquer was swift to apologise and also explained what the dialog in his film meant.
“A lot of people have brought to my notice that the Prabhakaran joke in Varane Avashyamund is insulting to the Tamizh people. It was not intentional. The joke is a reference to an older Malayalam film Pattana Pravesham and is a common Meme in Kerala. It is a common name in Kerala as well so it wasn’t directed at any person living or dead as our disclaimer mentions in the beginning of the film. Most people reacting are doing so without watching the film and are trying to spread hate. Hating on me and my director Anoop we can accept. Kindly keep it to us and not our fathers or senior actors from the film. I apologise to all of the good and kind tamizh people who felt offended. I have never intended to offend anyone through my films or my words. It’s genuinely a misunderstanding,” he posted on social media page, adding that “(s)ome of you are being extremely abusive ,threatening, deliberately hurtful and insulting family along with us. I wish that weren’t so.”