Rishab Shetty shared a photo of a letter he received from Kamal Haasan. The Tamil actor has penned a long and heartfelt letter to Kantara fame appreciating his blockbuster film Kantara. But Twitter is not happy with the message written in the letter, which has now sparked controversy.
A message to Rishab Shetty
After praising Kantara with immense praise and love on social media, legendary actor Kamal Haasan has penned a formal appreciation letter to Rishab Shetty on the success of the Kannada film. On Friday, Rishab Shetty took to his Twitter account to share a photo of the framed letter and thanked Haasan for his “lovely message”.
Posting the image, Shetty wrote, “It means a lot to receive such a lovely message from Legend of Indian Cinema. Too overwhelmed and awestruck to see this surprise gift from Kamal sir. Thanks a ton for this precious gift sir.” (sic)
It means a lot to receive such a lovely message from Legend of Indian Cinema. Too overwhelmed and awestruck to see this surprise gift from Kamal sir.🙏
Thanks a ton for this precious gift sir ❤️ @ikamalhaasan ❤️ @KantaraFilm @hombalefilms #Kantara #KamalHaasan pic.twitter.com/D21oxUroK5
— Rishab Shetty (@shetty_rishab) January 13, 2023
In the letter, Kamal Haasan wrote, “A film like Kantara stays in your mind and blossoms. I am a godless man, yet I understand the need for one in most. I truly believe compassion is lacking in gods depicted in most of our mythology. We of the Dravidian stock are a matriarchal society. That is seen in the last scene of your film, where the god behaves like a mother, rather than the testosterone father that he started off as.”
The Vikram actor further referred to Rishab Shetty’s film as a classic, saying, “I know you could not have seen a film called Nirmalyam by MT Vasudevan Nair. Your film has shades of that classic. Your cinematic DNA has many forefathers you may not know of, but remember that the cinematic language you speak came from them.”
However, the letter didn’t go down well with netizens, who criticized Kamal Haasan for claiming to be belonging to Dravidian stock and appropriating Kantara film into the Dravidian fold.
It's not an appreciation letter, rather a letter with Vulgar Propaganda.
This letter is completely opposite to what @shetty_rishab has conveyed in his movie Kantara
— Chanakya | ಚಾಣಕ್ಯ (@Chanakya_Kris) January 14, 2023
This doesn't sound like appreciation at all. Just echoes his propaganda. 🤦
— Akshay (@Jarvis_Rao) January 13, 2023
Appreciation ? It's a pompous hollow letter that makes snide remarks at your belief and hard work. Please confine it to your dustbin where it rightfully belongs.
Kantara is too good. Doesn't need an "appreciation" like this.
— Chander (@SrivatsaGotrin) January 14, 2023
Honestly speaking, this never looks like an appreciation letter, rather he is also trying to place his political stuff under the euphemism called appreciation letter….Dravidian stock, matriarchy etc., was unwarranted …
— Sanatan (@Hariniramaya) January 14, 2023
To be honest, this looks more like he using the film for spreading his propaganda. ಹುಷಾರು ಶೆಟ್ರೆ…ಆ ಜನ ಸರಿ ಇಲ್ಲ
— Kishor Bhat (@KishorPolya) January 13, 2023
This doesn't seem to be a appreciation letter.
It's like degrading hindu mythology(history), degrading father behaviour. telling ur movie isn't that new, just having different shade from current trend
— TeNebris (@NebrisTe) January 13, 2023