Chennai, Apr 2 (): The entire Tamil film industry is joining hands to observe a day-long fast today, April 2 in support of the protests against alleged atrocities on Sri Lankan Tamils. Some of the famous celebrities of Kollywood have already confirmed their presence at the strike. Reports say Ajith Kumar and Vijay have confirmed that they will be participating in the event.
Today’s fasting is the second fast observed while the first fast was observed on March 19 in Chennai. The fast will take place at the Nadigar Sangam premises in Chennai.
While the March 19th fasting was led by Tamil Nadu Film Directors Association (TANTIS) and Film Employees’ Federation of South India (FEFSI), today’s fasting is led by the Nadigar Sangam – also known as South Indian Film Artistes’ Association (SIFAA).
A spokesperson of SIFAA said that the earlier fasting received an overwhelming response. However, everyone from the film industry could not take part in the fasting because of their tight schedules. He added that this gathering of film celebrities will be a bigger turnout. Actors who could not participate in the previous hunger strike have postponed shooting to join April 2nd fast.
Reports say Ajith Kumar with the joint consent of the producer has decided to postpone the subsequent shooting schedule of the untitled film to April 5th in order to avail himself for the fasting agitation declared by the South Indian Artistes Association.
If all big actors join the fast, the movement is sure to pick up momentum and will help in highlighting the issue more, he said.
A member of SIFAA said that they had cancelled all shootings for the day and had also requested everybody shooting out of Chennai to return and participate in the fast.
Personalities of the Tamil film industry are the latest to stage a protest over the issue, which has created heat in the state in recent weeks with various segments of people, including students, taking to the streets demanding among other things an independent investigation into alleged war crimes of Sri Lanka.