As pro-Jallikattu protesters in Tamil Nadu continue their relentless demonstrations against the ban on the popular indigenous sport of taming of bulls, theatres in the state -as a gesture of support- skipped the morning and matinee shows on Thursday.
The entire state film fraternity too observed a strike over the contentious issue. Two of the major associations-the Film Employees Federation of South India and the Film Workers’ Union and Producers’ Council have called for cancellation of shoots.
According to reports, new movie-releases and audio-launches have also been put on hold since Wednesday.
The Nadigar Sangam is also expected to hold a silent hunger strike in this regard on Friday. The entire top brass of the Tamil film industry including South Indian Superstar Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Vijay, Ajith, Suriya among others are expected to take part in the protest.
Many actors are already involved in the ongoing agitation on ground, with Rajinikanth and Kamal publicly expressing their support for Jallikattu.
The Tamil diaspora abroad too took to the streets to voice their support for the same on Wednesday.
The massive wave of protests at Chennai’s Marina Beach continues with renewed vigour, even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi refused to pass an ordinance terming the matter “sub-judice”.
The Supreme Court had earlier in the day refused to take cognizance of the ongoing protests that seems to have engulfed the entire state in a feverish grip of native fervour.
Meanwhile, a section of protesters have expressed their dissatisfaction at the protest movement being hijacked by actors. One of the reasons cited is that Vishal -secretary of Nadigar Sangam that supports the cause- has previously associated with PETA.
Source: The News Minute