Actor Siddharth tenders apology to Saina for ‘rude joke’

Chennai: Actor Siddharth, whose response to a tweet by badminton player Saina Nehwal has stirred up a controversy, tendered an apology to the badminton star for what he called a ‘rude joke’.

In a letter posted on his Twitter timeline, Siddharth said: “Dear Saina, I want to apologize to you for my rude joke that I wrote as a response to a tweet of yours a few days ago.

“I may disagree with you on many things, but even my disappointment or anger when I read your tweet cannot justify my tone and words. I know I have more grace in me than that.

“As for the joke … If a joke needs to be explained, then it wasn’t a very good joke to begin with. Sorry about a joke that didn’t land.

“I, however, must insist my word play and humor had none of the malicious intent that so many people from all quarters have attributed to me. I am a staunch feminist ally and I assure you there was no gender implied in my tweet and certainly no intent to attack you as a woman.

“I hope we can put this behind us and that you will accept my letter. You will always be my champion. Honestly, Siddharth.”

Siddharth’s letter of apology comes in the wake of the National Commission of Women taking suo motu cognisance of the actor’s tweet in response to the badminton star.

In a statement, the NCW, terming the actor’s tweet as being “misogynist and outrageous to the modesty of a woman amounting to disrespect and insult to dignity of women on social media platform”, had said that it was seeking prompt and strict action against the actor.

The NCW had written to the Maharashtra DGP to investigate the matter and register an FIR under the relevant provisions of the law. It had also written to Twitter India’s Resident Grievance Officer, asking the social media platform to block Siddharth’s account and take appropriate action against him for posting offensive remarks on Nehwal’s post, thereby “outraging her modesty and insulting her right to live with dignity”.


India Open 2022: Saina starts campaign on winning note

New Delhi: Former champion Saina Nehwal, men’s singles contender HS Prannoy, World Championships bronze medallist Lakshya Sen and Malvika Bansod registered convincing victories in their respective matches to reach the second round of the Yonex-Sunrise India Open, here.

Saina advanced into the second round after Czech Republic’s Tereza Svabikova retired at the start of the second game with the Indian leading 22-20, 1-0.

In the men’s singles match, Prannoy eased past into the next round after defeating Spaniard Pablo Abian by 21-14, 21-7 in 33 minutes. Abian managed to open up a 6-2 lead against Prannoy before the Indian started raining down his down-the-line smashes and controlled the net exchanges brilliantly to overcome the Spaniard. He next face Mithun Manjunath who got the better of France’s Arnaud Merkle 21-16, 15-21, 21-10.

Mithun needed time to get used to Merkle’s style of play in the opening game but his willingness to play long rallies allowed him to get into a rhythm and take control.

The 20-year-old Sen was pushed to the distance in the opening game by Adham Hatem Elgamal but he emerged victorious by 21-15. The Egyptian player in the second game proved no match for the third-seed as the 20-year-old closed the match in just 25 minutes by winning 21-7.

In women’s singles clash, youngster Malvika Bansod got the better of Samiya Imad Farooqui 21-18, 21-9 after Aakarshi Kashyap had beaten Anura Prabhudesai 21-14, 21-14 in the opening round.

The main attraction of the second day’s play was obviously how fourth seed Saina would perform against Svabikova as she was returning from an injury lay-off.

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