21 August 2019
Bhubaneswar: Bringing an end to the tiff, actor Papu Pom Pom apologized to Dutee Chand in a televised interview on Tuesday. Dutee forgave Papu and confirmed the same via her Facebook page.
Actor comedian Papu was apologetic for his statements in the controversial viral audio clip. He alleged that he was instigated into making those statements by a person close to him for the sake of negative publicity. However, he tendered a heartfelt apology to Dutee in an interview to a leading news channel.
Papu said, “I truly respect Dutee for the person she is and for bringing laurels for the country. She is like a sister to me and I request her to consider me her elder brother and forgive me.”
While she was hurt via Papu’s action, Dutee forgave him and said that she had no personal vendetta against him. The ace sprinter urged Papu to work towards bringing justice to harassed women around him and use his stature for woman upliftment.
The issue arose when an alleged poster of Papu’s movie Mr Kanhaiya made circles. While the movie makers and Papu received severe flak for the seemingly misogynistic poster, they also confirmed that it was fan-made and not original. Dutee was one of the first persons to point out that it was ‘disrespectful to women’.
Later, an audio clip surfaced where Papu was heard blaming Dutee for ruining Odia culture and tradition as she is a lesbian. Dutee threatened to take legal help and alleged human rights violation, defamation and mental harassment by Papu Pom Pom.