Cooku With Comali is a reality comedy show on Vijay TV and Ashwin Kumar is a name that became synonymous with season 2 of that show. The actor who has played supporting roles in films such as OK Kanmani, Enai Noki Paayum Thota, Adhitya Varma, Oh Manapenne, is debuting as a lead with the upcoming movie Enna Solla Pogirai. The audio launch of this event took place on Monday and Ashwin Kumar's speech from the event was not only strongly criticized online, but also became meme fodder.
Ashwin Kumar's claim that he had listened to 40 stories but slept during the narration of all of it, was seen as a disrespect towards the story-tellers of Kollywood. The actor was later quoted by DT Next as clarifying, "I didn’t intend to disrespect any of the directors, who narrated stories to me. I never imagined that my speech would backfire this bad..”
The Cooku With Comali alum further claimed, "I haven’t listened to 40 stories before. We all come up with random numbers when we talk to friends or relatives..I am being a victim of hate by a few people whose films I turned down. They need to understand that it wasn’t out of disrespect,”
It is worth mentioning here that even fans of Ashwin Kumar have expressed that his speech could have been better worded and the demanour of it better toned. [Update: The actor has now explicitly apologized for this incident]
தூக்கம்வரும் போது, "போதும் சார்..எனக்கு இந்த கதை செட் ஆகாதுன்னு"- சொல்லிடலாம் இல்ல? நேரமும் மிச்சம்.சொன்னவங்களும்நம்பிக்கையோட வேற ஹீராவுக்கு ட்ரை பண்ணப்போறாங்க?— director.a.venkatesh (@venkateshdirect) December 8, 2021
andha manusan pesnadhu 23 mins motham ( vitta vala vala nu naal poora uruttuvapla)— 🌚❤️ (@uruttuhater) December 5, 2021
adhula pesnadha cut panni merge pannirken...
odane edited fake nu twist pantaanunga🚶🚶🚶.
paithiyakaara fandom pasanga😑🚶🚶🚶
indhaanga full video link👇https://t.co/c2LsQUKcVg
Are you sure about it?https://t.co/cqB0pC6Fjx— Saturn (@BB__Team) December 7, 2021
மிக தவறான வார்த்தைகள்...எத்தனை நம்பிக்கை, எத்தனை கனவுகளுடன் ஒருவர் கதை சொல்ல தயாராகிறார்...கேட்பவரின் சின்ன சின்ன முகபாவம் மாறும் போதும் நம் மனம் பதைபதைக்கும், ரசிக்கும் போது கதையும் மெருகேறும்...சொல்லி முடிக்கும் போது...அந்த சில வினாடிகள்...வார்த்தையால் கூற முடியாது...— John Mahendran (@Johnroshan) December 7, 2021
Director story narration to Ashwin : pic.twitter.com/xi5M8EIyoC— மருத்துவ மைனர் (@iam_DrAjju) December 7, 2021
#Ashwin : Padam nalla varlena nan padatha release panna vida maaten— BlastingTamilCinema (@BLSTG) December 7, 2021
How a debut actor can admit publicly that he has threatened director & casually disrespect those directors who have narrated 40 stories to him??
Just imagine what will happen if he becomes a big star pic.twitter.com/7tDtXLdZZo
To Ashwin n the Director: 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/rPu3ce9RsR— ரைட்டர் சோனு 🥳 (@NameisSoni) December 7, 2021