Hyderabad: Actor-turned-choreographer Raghava Lawrence fell into trouble after making controversial statements at a public event. The actor claims himself to be a fan of superstar Rajinikanth and recently, he was at the audio launch of Darbar in Chennai.

Speaking at the audio launch, Lawrence said that when he was a child, he had vandalised Kamal Haasan’s posters by throwing cow dung at them. “Things were different back then. Now, I am so close to him and Rajinikanth, walking with them hand-in-hand. They are like friends to me now,” he said.

Kamal Haasan fans didn’t take those comments as they were intended and they have attacked Lawrence on social media. The Kanchana 3director was the target of many trolls and hate messages.

When the trolling became severe, Lawrence released a statement, saying, “I have huge respect for Kamal sir. Whenever I feel I have spoken something wrong, I will apologise to anyone. However, here, I haven’t said anything wrong. You will know if you see the whole video properly. Few people are planning to twist this. I know how much respect I have for Kamal sir by heart. I think it’s not necessary to prove or explain it to anyone.”

Even the explanation, Kamal Haasan fans did not spare Lawrence, and that led to another statement on Twitter, where he wrote, “

Hi Friends and Fans. Wanted to say a small thing, hereafter I won’t attend any function regarding Thalaivar without his permission. I have many reasons behind this, which I don’t want to share. His blessing is more than anything for me (sic).”

On the work front, Lawrence is currently busy working with his maiden Bollywood directorial venture Laxmmi Bomb, which features Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani in lead roles. The horror-comedy film is the Bollywood remake of Telugu film Kanchana.

Bhavana Sharma

Bhavana Sharma covers entertainment and cinema for Newsmeter.
Having over seven years of experience across various platforms, Bhavana has worked for publications, Telangana Today, Andhra Jyothy, channels like V6 News and online enterprises like International Business Times, Zee News, Tamada Media, IQlik Movies and so on. Her forte has been reporting on Telugu cinema, with several exclusives on developments in the Telugu film industry to her credit. Her one on one chats with several established stars, upcoming actors, directors and others in cinema have been published across print and online platforms. Alumni of Arts College, Osmania University.

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