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‘Aruvi’ row: Lakshmy Ramakrishnan livid at film mocking her, Vijay fans upset

The film takes a jibe at Lakshmy’s ‘Solvathellam Unmai’ and also has a dialogue – “A good film Vijay has acted in? Which one is that?”
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Tamil film Aruvi has opened to rave reviews and great word of mouth. However, not everyone is happy.

Actor, director and TV show host Lakshmy Ramakrishnan has taken umbrage to the film since it takes a jibe at her show Solvathellam Unmai. The film has actor Lakshmi Gopalaswamy playing a TV show host for a programme called Solvathellam Sathyam. The host is shown to be insensitive and hypocritical.

Lakshmy Ramakrishnan took to Twitter to express her displeasure about how the film allegedly portrays her and the TV show. She asked if the director or anyone from his family had appeared on Solvathellam Unmai to know so much about the show.

In the film, Aruvi is a HIV positive person who is mistreated by the TV show host. Lakshmy tweeted that many such persons had participated on the show, suggesting that they were treated with respect and not how the film had portrayed it. She also said that Aruvi was a “feminist film made by cheap & personal attacks on another woman.”

She further said that while Slumdog Millionaire had based a part of the film on Amitabh Bachchan’s game show, people were not made to think that this was how the show runs. She also challenged the makers of the film to face her on camera and answer her queries.
Lakshmy asserted that she was doing her work with social responsibility and that it was wrong to “belittle and demean” her for it.

​This is not for the first time that Lakshmy has been upset at how the show has been represented on screen. The RJ Balaji-GV Prakash film Kadavul Irukan Kumaru also mocked Solvathellam Unmaiangering the actor-director.

Meanwhile, Aruvi has also drawn flak from Vijay fans for a scene that mocks the actor’s films – the dialogue, “A good film that Vijay has acted in? Which one is that?” has irked some of them who’ve claimed that it was unnecessary for the film to take such a potshot at their star.

They have alleged that Aruvi is a copy of an Egyptian film Asmaa while others have said it is not so.

The producer of the film, SR Prabhu of Dream Warrior Pictures, tweeted that Aruvi was made purely to promote love and humanity and that the film had no intention of offending anyone. “Nevertheless, we apologise if we have hurt anyone,” he said.
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