Even as news broke out on director AL Vijay’s decision to part ways with his wife Amala Paul, certain sections of the media went on an overdrive, singling out Vijay alone for the decision of the couple to part ways.
Vijay’s family members too came in for some heavy, scathing criticism, which objective readers found to be unfair. In fact, some websites stooped so low, that they just stopped short of calling Vijay names. Under these circumstances, director Vijay, who has been maintaining a dignified silence all along on this issue, chose to break it with a statement on Wednesday.
We reproduce the statement director Vijay issued to the media:
I have been reading plenty of news on the separation of me and Amala based on random assumptions and false information. I would like to make it clear that the only truth in that is the separation rest all is untrue. The reason behind the separation is unknown to anyone but me.
Many of my best friends and well wishers in this industry including media friends were insisting me to speak out. But I thought discussing my private life in public would do no good to the cause.
At this juncture, my father as a typical father was pained on the unpleasant developments on my family life and expressed his disappointment on the same to a channel when he was forced to do so. Sadly that is being taken as the sole source of all the speculations and debate.
I am conscious about my social responsibility, I have so far directed 9 films. The portrayal of women in my films with dignity and self respect , reflects the amount of respect i have towards them.
I strongly advocate women and their freedom of choice. When Amala wanted to continue her career in films, I supported her to the best of my ability. And she continued acting even after marriage. The new found accusations that me or my family were stopping her from work is completely untrue.
The base for any marital relationship is honesty and trust,when that is breached the very existence of committed relationship becomes meaningless.
I really value the institution of marriage and relationship a lot.
Not even In my worst dreams, did I think it will end. But yes, today I don’t have any choice. With lots of pain in my heart, I have decided to move on in life in a dignified manner.
The gender bias in certain sections of the media with out knowing the actual facts damages the personal and professional integrity of mine which is much more painful than the original episode of departing.
Lastly, I would be grateful if people respect our personal lives and space as their very own and not delve into anymore speculations based on stray rumours.
I thank you all for being there for me in this hour of personal crisis.