June 18, 2022: Actor Sai Pallavi on Saturday issued a clarification after her remarks comparing the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits with cow vigilantism left the internet divided. She stated that her intention was to convey that violence in the name of any religion was a huge sin and snippets of the interview were taken out of context.
"After I watched the film Kashmir Files, I had the opportunity to speak with the director. I was disturbed seeing the plight of people. I would never be-little tragedy like the genocide. Having said that, I can never come to terms with the mob lynching incident that happened during Covid times. I believe violence in any form is wrong and violence in the name of any religion is wrong," she said.
"All I wanted to convey was that violence in the name of any religion is a huge sin. Many people online justified the mob lynching incidents. I believe all lives are important. I hope a day doesn’t come when a child is born and he/she is afraid of his/her identity," she added.
Sai Pallavi further claimed that snippets from the interview were taken out of context and thanked people who stood by her.
"I felt alone and conflicted thinking what I did wrong. I felt like they [people who supported her] knew me for who I am," she added.
During the promotion of her film, Virata Parvam, she compared Kashmir genocide to lynching for ’cow smuggling.’
The opinion given to a YouTube channel left the social media divided. While a section of people sided with Pallavi, others pointed out that both are not the same.
When asked about her political leanings, Pallavi said she was ideologically neutral and was brought up that way. She added that she doesn’t know if the left-wing or the right-wing groups are right.
The Paava Kadhaigal actor said, "I grew up in a neutral environment. I have heard about the left-wing and right-wing. But, I cannot say who is right and who is wrong. The film, The Kashmir Files, shows how Kashmiri Pandits were killed. Recently, there was an incident of a person being killed for carrying a cow because he was suspected to be a Muslim. After killing the person, the attackers raised ’Jai Shri Ram’ slogans. Where is the difference between what happened in Kashmir and what happened recently?"
Courtesy: India Today