Actress Varalaxmi Sarathkumar has hit out against what she calls “paid reviewers” and politics in the film industry which according to the actress makes it difficult for small films to make a mark. The actress made the comments in reference to her Tamil thriller film ‘Echarikkai’ directed by debutant filmmaker Sarjun.
In a lengthy Twitter post, Sarathkumar expressed her gratitude towards people who watched the film in the theatre. She said, “First and foremost, I would like to thank my wonderful audience for having supported a small film like # Echarikkai… Thank you for watching it in a theatre and giving us an amazingly positive response…” She further went on to state that despite the fact that the film didn’t have big stars, a famous music director or a massive budget, it had people who worked with great conviction. Lashing out at “paid reviews” the actress said,
“but thanks to the few reviewers who did their job, gave us an honest review and appreciated the film.. paid reviews apparently is the new thing which I just got to know now… and how if U don’t they will write a crappy review.. and then, of course, there are reviewers who work for certain artists and only choose to attack the actor in the film and instead of reviewing the film, reviews the makeup He/She has worn…”
Sarathkumar added, “The movie was shot a year and a half back and I’m humble enough to say that I’m still learning my ways in the industry.”
Throwing light on the alleged politics between the small and big screen distributors, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar said that the only people who lose out are people behind an honest film like ‘Echarikkai’. Further urging audiences to not base their opinions on film reviews she said, “There are amazing movies being made… don’t be star struck, go support small films.” Sarathkumar added, “It makes me genuinely happy when a small film does really well because of the audience.” Varalaxmi Sarathkumar concluded her post with a promise to her fans, “I promise you reviews or no reviews I will continue to work hard and surprise you.”
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