"I thought that I could carry her to the bedroom"
Mansoor Ali Khan has issued an apology to Trisha Krishnan after making a derogatory remark about her.
The actor caused controversy when he revealed his thoughts after discovering he would be acting with Trisha in Leo.
While Trisha had a lead role in the film, Mansoor had a small part and the pair did not appear onscreen together.
Mansoor said: “When I heard that I was acting with Trisha, I thought there would be a bedroom scene in the film.
“I thought that I could carry her to the bedroom just like I did with other actresses in my earlier movies.
“I have done so many rape scenes in a number of movies and it’s not new to me. But these guys didn’t even show Trisha to me on the sets during the Kashmir schedule.”
His remarks sparked outrage, with the likes of Leo director Lokesh Kanagaraj and Chiranjeevi condemning Mansoor.
Trisha tweeted her reaction to his comments, saying:
“A recent video has come to my notice where Mr Mansoor Ali Khan has spoken about me in a vile and disgusting manner.
“I strongly condemn this and find it sexist, disrespectful, misogynistic, repulsive and in bad taste.
“He can keep wishing but I am grateful never to have shared screen space with someone as pathetic as him and I will make sure it never happens for the rest of my film career as well.
“People like him bring a bad name to mankind.”
During a press conference, Mansoor stood by his comments and said:
“I didn’t mean (it) personally.
“If there is a rape or murder scene, is that real in cinema? Does it mean raping someone for real? What does murder in cinema mean? Does it mean they are murdering someone for real? Why do I need to apologise?
“I didn’t say anything wrong. I respect all actresses.”
Under the direction of the National Commission for Women, Mansoor was booked under Sections 354A (sexual harassment) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to outrage the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code.
Mansoor Ali Khan has now apologised to Trisha.
In a lengthy statement, he said:
“My co-star Trisha, please forgive me. I hope God gives me the opportunity to bless you when you enter marital bliss.”
Mansoor thanked both those who supported him and condemned him.
He said that after the police officer mentioned that Trisha was hurt by his comment, he agreed and said he was also hurt by it.
Trisha has reacted to the actor’s apology.
Without mentioning his name, Trisha took to X and said:
“To err is human, to forgive is divine.”