Malayalam film director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's comment on India’s first female silver medallist, PV Sindhu, has received widespread flak, according to a report in the Deccan Chronicle.
While India has been celebrating Sindhu's historic achievement, the filmmaker wrote on his Facebook page in Malayalam, "Everyone is celebrating Sindhu's achievement now. What if I spit on this? What is there to celebrate much about it?"
The report said that his post got a lot of criticism as social media condemned him for his distasteful remark. Sanal later posted a clarification saying that it was 'black humour' that people failed to comprehend.
He wrote, “We are living in a very difficult time. People who do not understand satire and without a minimum sense of humor are ruling the media. They are hungry for sensational news. It is horrifying to see that my status criticizing those fake intellectuals who where trying to demean the victory of PV Sindhu in Olympics, was misread and misinterpreted and being used against me by some national medias too.”