Actress Kushboo apologises for remarks on premarital sex

Taken aback by the outcry her remarks on premarital sex had generated among the film fraternity and political parties, South Indian actress Kushboo on Monday tendered an open apology to Tamils, especially women, saying she would never even dream of sullying the image of the Tamil people.

Cutting short her visit to Singapore where she had gone with her family, Kushboo, who flew back to the city on Monday, said “even in films, I never undertook roles, which lowered the image of women.”

“I have the greatest regard for Tamils, especially Tamil women. If my remarks have hurt anybody’s feelings, I tender an apology. I am one among you and will always remain with you,” said the Mumbai-born actress and prima donna of Tamil cinema in the 90s, in a statement.

Meanwhile, a defamation suit has been filed on Monday in a city metropolitan magistrate’s court under Sec 499 and 500 of the IPC (punishment for defamation) against the actress. An effigy of hers was burnt in Salem city.

Some political parties and a few among the film fraternity in Tamil Nadu had taken offence to her remarks on premarital sex and had demanded an apology from the actress.

The actress had reportedly said in an interview to a magazine that it was fine for girls to indulge in premarital sex, but they should take care to avoid unwanted pregnancies and contracting Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

She later justified her statement by saying that no educated man could expect his partner to be a virgin.

Kushboo is married to a Tamil director. The couple have two children.


  1. Aj Dj said,

    September 26, 2005 @ 3:14 pm

    Hypocrisy at its best - I have a GF studying in Chennai who tells me the buzz is true -you really CAN’T find a Virgin in chennai!! And this is despite the strict orthodox households of Tamil Nadu - you gotta give it to the ladies,they always find a way!

  2. Prakash said,

    September 26, 2005 @ 5:46 pm

    Aj-Dj.-It’s not hypocrisy at its best. Its foolishness to bias a city/whole state on your so called G.F’s comments. you have no rights to judge all girls of chennai based on your Gf’s statement. Tell me whether you are from chennai or whether your Gf belongs to chennai/tamilnadu. Boy dont comment on things you dont know for heavens sake!!!

  3. ajay said,

    September 26, 2005 @ 7:23 pm

    I don’t want to comment on the above. But it’s somewhat true, that it is becoming very hard to find a virgin (boy or girl, it doesn’t matter). Ppl in 18-23 are more engaged in sex now and many teenagers are engaging in some kind of “love making” before they turn 20. I don’t want to talk about morals and values now. But it is definitely not healthy in many terms to have premarital (or extramarital) relations because of big risks (AIDS and STDs etc.).
    Some do it for fun and some do it for status. I heard some boys/girls openly stating that they had dated 6-8 ppl before they turned 20. Don’t know where the world is going.

  4. Reshma said,

    September 26, 2005 @ 7:38 pm

    All i have to say is let the perfect ones stone her. Its high time indian society comes out of hyprocrisy. If you cant come out of it at least keep your mouth shut while people who are bold ( her mistake) comment on it

  5. Ramu said,

    September 26, 2005 @ 10:47 pm

    most actresses are all sluts anyway. they justify their wrongdoing in all possible ways. they are not at all important to the society and people should not really care what they blabber. indians don’t need to take advice from sluts on anything.

  6. mpln4u said,

    September 27, 2005 @ 2:22 am

    everybody waits for the a chance, suitation, time.
    Every gal/boy have the desire to have sex before marriage nobody is out of this at any time, just they are waiting for the right time, some get and use it, and most doesn’t get it.
    it is not that if a gal/boy don’t get chance or time is good.
    all the thing is TIME and CHANCE.
    so nobody is good nobody is bad.
    but i agree with that chennai GF, it is very hard to find virgin - beautiful gal.

  7. Vinod said,

    September 27, 2005 @ 7:48 am

    Just put on an yellow cover over your head, the whole workd would certainly look yellow. “For a woman like Khushboo, it is quite natural to pass such a comment, as for most of them like her educated men ape the west in almost all possible ways, however, I strongly believe that in a country like INDIA, people very well know the difference between Human Beings and Animals, and expect that they girl they marry should and must be a virgin.