RIFT IN THE CHENNAI FILM INDUSTRY BETWEEN PRO-DMK AND ANTI-DMK ELEMENTS REGARDING SUNDAYS RAMESHWARAM RALLY TO SAVE LTTE
By Walter Jayawardhana
Due to the pro-terrorist nature of the Rameshwaram rally organized
by DMK film director Bharathiraja many Tamil film actors and actresses
are shying away from the rally depriving it most of the glamour.
Reports in South Indias Chennai film industry (Kollywood) said
the pro-DMK film director Bharathi Raja has been snubbed by many film
artists when they have excused themselves from a Rameshwaram rally he
was keen in organizing to save terrorist leader Velupillai Prabhakaran
from being handed over to India to be tried for the Rajiv Gandhi assassination.
The DMK Director of film has been organizing the rally due to
his close relationship with the terrorist leader and many artists did
not want to have any hand in that effort, an opponent of the controversial
Bharathi Raja said. He was once accused of becoming the Chennai Film
Directors Association by unfair means.
India once wanted Velupillai Prabhakaran to be handed over to India
to be tried for the murder of Rajiv Gandhi and if his political life
is prolonged as Bharathiraja plans by his rally many actors believe
Prabhakaran cannot be tried for the murder.
Instead of the Rameshwaram rally many film artists have said they would
turn up at a day long fast organized by actor turned politician Sarath
Kumar on November 1 to express solidarity with the Sri Lankan Tamils.
The South Indian Actors Association has been very reluctant to have
any hand in a political movement that would further terrorism of the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
"Can't they be present at Rameshwaram to show solidarity
with Sri Lanka Tamils? Bharathiraja questioned the film actors
in a tone of disappointment.
While Bharathiraja supports the pro-LTTE DMK Sarath Kumar heads All
India Samathuva Makkal Katchi (AISMK) which is more in alliance with
the Tamil Nadu opposition.
During a past Kannada-Tamil conflict , the actors association has said
Bharathiraja has not been supportive of the Tamil industry cause due
to his interests in kannada films.
While Raja is considered to be close to the ruling DMK, Kumar is in
the opposition camp and heads the All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi
(AISMK). Most of those who are scheduled to attend the pro-LTTE rally
are believed to be film technicians and directors who were working hard
in the recent controversy of the Sri Lankan film Prabhakaran that depicted
the crime of child soldiers by the LTTE. They were holding the film
to protect the LTTE interests. Most of the film actresses and actors
will not take part in the pro-LTTE Rameshwaram rally depriving them
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