Chennai: Members of the Tamil Film industry are on a one-day token fast in Chennai, protesting against the Sri Lankan government and the Army's atrocities on the Tamils there. Superstar Rajinikanth also showed up in solidarity, along with other stars from the Tamil film industry.
The industry is demanding an international probe into alleged war crimes against Tamils in Sri Lanka. Kamal Haasan also joined the protests later in the day.
Film activity in Tamil Nadu came to a standstill as artistes, directors, producers, distributors and exhibitors participated in the hunger-strike being held at the premises of South Indian Film Artists' Association in Chennai. "All of us have come here to protest against what is happening to our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka. This is to say equal status has to be given to Tamils in Sri Lanka. If not give them a state. Also we need to bring to book the culprits who have continuously been part of genocide and human killings. They need to be booked and punished," Tamil actor Prakash Raj said.
These personalities of the Tamil celluloid world are the latest to stage a protest over the issue, which has generated heat in the state in recent weeks with various sections of people, including students, taking to the streets. Sarath Kumar, who is leading the protest, demanded that the Centre implement the resolution adopted by the Tamil Nadu Assembly recently demanding a referendum on separate Tamil Eelam and action against those who committed war crimes.
The protesters are likely to pass few resolutions later in the day on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.