"Eating non-vegetarian - beef or chicken - is very normal in northern side of Kerala. While shooting with MediaOne channel, three weeks before Onam, I myself selected the Kozhikode hotel venue and the dishes - because I am a frequent visitor there. And their beef is the signature dish. Without understanding anything, people have just started abusing," Surabhi Lakshmi told NDTV.
Ms Lakshmi, who won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her film Minnaminungu this year, says the torrent of abuse flared after she shared a photograph of herself with an Onam spread including fried chicken on Thiru Onam day, earlier this week.
Onam is a 10 day celebration in Kerala. While in southern Kerala, the traditional Onam meal eaten on banana leaves, is typically a massive vegetarian fare, in northern parts of Kerala, the Onam meal usually includes non-vegetarian delicacies.
Onam is celebrated to honour ancient King Mahabali, who according to legend ruled the state once and under whom the people were equal, prosperous and happy.