Rajini-Kamal to participate in protest
The Nadigar Sangam will observe a fast tomorrow to protest against the killing of innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka. The participation of the twin stalwarts of Kollywood – Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan – was doubtful until today.
But now both have confirmed their participation in the Nadigar Sangam’s protests to be held on November 1st. But they have requested Nadigar Sangam not to force them to talk at the protest. In fact, they have also requested Nadigar Sangam to preclude anyone from airing their thoughts as one would be overwhelmed with emotions at the juncture and might end up saying something untoward at the venue. Coincidentally, the Tamil Nadu Government too has requested the Nadigar Sangam to hold a silent protest.
Actors Ajith and Vijay too have suggested that Nadigar Sangam hold a silent protest. And there are many other actors in Kollywood who agree. Meanwhile, a huge dais has been erected at Nadigar Sangam office in preparation for this fast indicating there would be scope for persons to speak. But it might not go beyond a vote of thanks from Nadigar Sangam officials.
It is to be noted that directors Ameer and Seeman were arrested on charges that their speech during the Rameshwaram protest (staged by Directors’ Council) was in total conflict with Indian laws defining freedom of speech. They have been subsequently released on bail.