At the centre of it is Cheran, a popular, award-winning Tamil filmmaker who has come to be identified with his sensitive love stories, and an actor identified with the common man, shy, understated and without heroism. That image took a beating last week, when his younger daughter accused him of using goons to assault and threaten her boyfriend.
Damini, 20, a graduate student at a Chennai college, approached the police commissioner on Friday charging her father with assaulting her boyfriend, Chandrasekhar or Chandru in June. Since then, Damini said, she was forced to stay away from Chandru, until she walked out of home on Friday morning and reached Chandru’s sister’s home. Now they have sought protection from her influential father.
The relationship had begun on June 4, 2011, when Chandru, a dancer in a reality show, saw Damini in the programme. When his mother Easwari sought an alliance, Cheran agreed but insisted on waiting until Damini completed her studies.
“I agreed initially and advised her to complete her studies and him to get a job,” Cheran said on Saturday after meeting the police commissioner. “But on checking his background, I learnt he had cheated four other women and had police cases registered against him. He even proposed to my elder daughter through Facebook. How can I as a father marry her off to a person I am convinced is a cheat?”
The director filed a counter-complaint that Chandru has been torturing his daughter, claiming she had realised the boy’s nature. Cheran handed over a harassment complaint that she had written
on July 10.
Based on the complaints father and daughter filed, the city police registered cases against Cheran of criminal intimidation and against Chandru under provisions of the Information Technology Act for harassing her online. Damini was sent to a vigilance home that the police run in the city.
Source : The Indian Express