'He should apologize': Saina's father reacts to Siddharth's lewd comments
A day after Tamil actor Siddharth's distasteful remark against badminton player Saina Nehwal landed the former in trouble, her father, Harvir Singh Nehwal, has commented on the incident. Speaking to a portal, he condemned the use of the unparliamentary language by the actor, demanding Siddharth to apologize. Nehwal's husband-badminton player Parupalli Kashyap has reacted, too. Meanwhile, the Olympics winner's comment had come yesterday.
Why does the story matter?
- On January 5, the ace athlete had condemned the alleged security breach during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Punjab.
- Criticizing her take, Siddharth used a crass double entendre against her on January 6.
- This problematic tweet blew up Monday, leading to wide criticism against the actor.
- National Commission for Women called it "misogynist and outrageous."
- Siddharth later tweeted he didn't intend any disrespect.
'Felt very bad when he used such words for daughter'
Speaking to Times Now, Nehwal's father said, "I felt very bad when he used such words for my daughter." Confessing he had not heard the Rang De Basanti star's name before yesterday, Singh Nehwal wondered aloud if making such comments justified his stature as an actor. He added that Siddharth must sincerely apologize even if he had written the words without malicious intent.
'#NotCool' Kashyap had written on Siddharth's choice of words
When the elderly man was asked about National Commission for Women stepping in and demanding strict action against the actor, he said he was happy with the steps being taken. Separately, Kashyap had tweeted his reaction to the incident Monday. "This is upsetting for us...express [your] opinion but choose better words man. I guess [you] thought it was cool to say...#notcool #disgraceful," it read.
'Express [your] opinion but choose better words man'
Former sports minister Kiren Rijiju came to Nehwal's support too
Earlier, Nehwal had expressed her stand on the issue. "I'm not sure what he meant. I used to like him as an actor but this was not nice." Ever since the incident came into the spotlight, Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju, spiritual leader Sadhguru, and Sherlyn Chopra, among others criticized the actor. The tweet that caused all the uproar is still up.