Courtesy : The Hindu
Bollywood actress Swara Bhaskar had addressed a 4-year-old child actor as "chu**ya" on a show. The viral video of the actress throwing abusive and cuss words like 'chu**ya', 'kamina' for the child actor had offended people and a police complaint has also been filed against her.
Swara received massive backlash and was highly trolled on social media for her comments. After keeping mum for a while, the actress has opened up about the controversy and cleared the air stating that she never abused any co-star.
I was on a comedy show, narrating a funny incident about my first experience shooting in Mumbai. In that partly exaggerated and satirical narration, where I was using a comedic, adult and self-deprecating tone, I used certain swear words. The words were used to display in an adult-humorous tone, my exaggerated frustrations and emotions during my struggling days.Comics do it all the time, and the show’s format is of a comedic genre. Most importantly, if you actually watch the show, you would realize that I actually was the one looking out for the child’s welfare -- trying to make sure he gets a bathroom break, which other people on the set seemingly didn’t care about. I have never abused children nor any co-actor and I have always treated children with the care, affection and the responsible conduct they deserve. I actually like children. The quip that children are evil was obviously a joke.- Swara clarified
An NGO, Legal Rights Protection Forum, filed a complaint to the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights and demanded action against Swara.
The actress further states that the issue was blown out of proportion. “The whole controversy was clearly targeted and constructed. I’m not trying to justify swearing -- those were undoubtedly an ill-advised choice of words, but they were not seriously used. It was said jokingly and self-deprecatingly. Comics do it all the time without anyone blinking an eyelid,” Swara added.
The Veere Di Wedding actress stressed that it is very important to address and correct the factually inaccurate things being circulated about oneself or anyone for that matter in public.
“The problem with these frivolous controversies, whose agenda is to generate fake outrage, is that sometimes while reporting them, the media plays into the hands of these people in terms of how the headlines are phrased. On this issue, most of the headlines scream -- Swara Bhasker in trouble for abusing a four-year-old child. This is patently false. I did not abuse that or any child. It’s important for me to correct that and at least put out a factually accurate version and the full context of what happened,” she concludes.