The Tamil film industry, which came together to organise a protest demonstration, today, demanded that the Sri Lankan Embassy in the city should be shut down and Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa be punished for the derogatory article about Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on the Lankan Defence Ministry’s official website. The protest demonstration was Organised by the Tamil Nadu Film Director’s Association near the office of the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission at Nungambakkam area in the city, in which who’s and who of the Kollywood participated. Film actors, directors, cinematographers, technicians, producers and theatre owners participated in large numbers. Among those who took part in the demonstration, included actors Sarath Kumar, Suriya, Vijay, Vinay, Srikanth, Sivakumar, Vaiyapuri, Ramesh Khanna, Manobala, Kundu Kalyanam, producers Keyaar, Kalaipuli S Dhanu, T Shiva, K Rajan, A S Ibrahim Rowther, filmmakers Vikraman, R K Selvamani, Seeman, Rajesh, actress Kuyili.
Speaking at the demonstration, actor Vijay said we strongly condemn the derogatory article on our Chief Minister. It is like passing lewd comments on our mother. The Chief Minister has been taking several steps to ensure safety in the lives of fishermen. Such an act by Lankan government has saddened us, he added. Filmmaker R K Selvamani said Lankan President deserves strong condemnation. It is time that we shut down the Lankan High Commission office in Chennai. The College Road in which the embassy is located should be renamed as Eelam Tamil Road, he added. There is no reprieve for Rajapaksa. He needs to be punished for his despicable act, said Director A R Murugadoss. Nadigar Sangam President R Sarath Kumar, veteran actor Sivakumar, among others, also spoke on the occasion. The article on the Chief Minister, accompanied by a graphic image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, led to a political furore and protests by various political parties. Ms Jayalalithaa, in a letter to Mr Modi, condemned it and said the visual, on the homepage of the official website was highly objectionable as it depicted them in a trivialised, derogatory and disrespectful manner.
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