Politics on beef is very old and people of right wing Hindutva ideologies oppose eating beef. Many are murdered just in name of beef, in Kerala beef parties are organised for people. The new victim of the beef politics is National award winning Malayalam actress Surabhi Lakshmi. The actress featured in a special Onam programme on Malayalam channel Media One. In the programme, which was telecast on the Thiruvonam day, the actress was seen eating beef curry.
This did not go down well with right wing forces who have unleashed a wave of criticism on the actress through social media platforms. The Sangh activists feels that Surabhi’s act was inappropriate during the Onam festival. Some Facebook groups have even called for a boycott of the actress.
Responding to the social media outrage, Surabhi Lakshmi told India Today that the interview was taken 3 weeks ago. “The channel has been asking for my interview for quite some time and that’s when I agreed to do that programme in a hotel which I usually visit. Hunger is a basic instinct of life and when I’m hungry I don’t usually care if it’s beef, chicken or pork. The issue is not that I ate beef, but that the programme was telecast during Onam,” Lakshmi said. Surabhi earlier this year won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her film Minnaminungu.