Nivetha Pethuraj, who has a science fiction thriller Tik Tik Tik slated to release next month, was left fuming when a few photographs of her in a bikini did the rounds on social media. Except, those photos were that of a model named Varshini Pakal who bears an uncanny resemblance to Nivetha.
The photos of the model were taken by a wedding photographer named Prashun Prashant who had shared the images on Instagram.
Fuming over this case of confusion, Nivetha released a statement saying that the girl in the image is her and that certain publications must refrain from using her name for those images.
“This is deliberate attempt to malign my image. It has hurt me very badly. I am in touch with my legal team to handle this issue. Considering the huge respect I have for the media, I had been maintaining a dignified silence. But it looks that there is no respite from this irresponsible act. May I request them to verify and carry the news and images of the concerned artiste. After all we are also human beings and we have a family too. We too live in a society which have bearings on our day to day life. I hope this will put things on a straight line. Any further repeated acts according to my legal counsel will invite legal proceedings,” she said.