Here's what Ram Gopal Varma tweeted as an apology:
Was just expressing my feelings but I apologise to all who were offended due to my unintended insensitive tweets in context of women's day? Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) March 9, 2017
My apology is only to those who genuinely got offended and not to those who ranted for publicity nd threatened to take law into their hands? Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) March 9, 2017
Sunny Leone, 35, has not addressed the matter or RGV directly. In a video posted a video on Twitter, she says simply,"One must choose their words wisely."
Change only happens when we have one voice, so let's choose your words wisely! Peace and love!! pic.twitter.com/B3SSX3fgaN? Sunny Leone (@SunnyLeone) March 9, 2017
A crescendo of tweets from Ram Gopal Varma on Women's Day ended with this: "I wish all the women in the world give men as much happiness as Sunny Leone gives." He was immediately inundated with angry responses. Social activist Vishakha Mhabrey filed a police complaint in Goa and demanded that the director's Twitter account be blocked, reported news agency PTI. Unperturbed, RGV tweeted that he would file a counter complaint against the activist. He also tweeted, "The negative noise towards my tweet on Sunny Leone arises from ultimate hypocrisy. She has more honesty and more self-respect than any women."
RGV has also been recently slammed for trolling actor Tiger Shroff.
Ram Gopal Varma's new film Sarkar 3 will release on April 7. It stars Amitabh Bachchan, Jackie Shroff, Ronit Roy, Manoj Bajpayee, Amit Sadh and Yami Gautam. Sarkar 3 is the third in the director's series of political thrillers starring Mr Bachchan.