Simbu Springs a Sur­prise!

Society - - POST MORTEM -

THE ENOR­MITY of Jay­alalithaa’s stature is com­ing to the fore more and more clearly, what with newer faces tak­ing cen­tre stage, who were nei­ther heard or seen, as long as she was alive. Even Tamil Nadu’s God Almighty Ra­jinikanth kept away from pol­i­tics as long as she was alive. One never re­alised the ex­tent to which Jaya kept the state un­der her thumb un­til Tamil Nadu plunged into po­lit­i­cal pan­de­mo­nium post her exit. Non-po­lit­i­cal film wal as like lyri­cist Vaira­muthu and di­rec­tor Bharathi­raja are sud­denly show­ing in­ter­est in pol­i­tics. What came as a breath of fresh air amidst strifes be­ing stirred by Bharathi­raja and his as­so­ciates was when Kol­ly­wood ac­tor Sil­am­barasan aka Simbu called a press con­fer­ence to talk about var­i­ous is­sues plagu­ing TN. Simbu flayed at the man­ner of protests by the in­dus­try, which has ac­tu­ally raked more an­i­mos­ity in­stead of cre­at­ing an am­i­ca­ble at­mos­phere be­tween the states. TN has been tensed fol­low­ing protests over for­ma­tion of the Cau­very Man­age­ment Board, and the con­tro­ver­sial Ster­lite cop­per smelt­ing plant in Thoothukudi. Nu­mer­ous po­lit­i­cal par­ties and film per­son­al­i­ties, in­clud­ing Ra­jinikanth and Ka­mal Haasan, de­manded that the In­dian Premier League (IPL) not be held in Chen­nai be­cause of the wide­spread protests. Ra­jinikanth went a step ahead to ask the play­ers of Chen­nai Su­per Kings (CSK) to sport black arm­bands in protest. It was al­leged that Bharathi­raja, Sree­man and Vaira­muthu in­sti­gated an ag­i­ta­tion against the IPL be­ing played in Chen­nai. Mass clashes were trig­gered be­tween the ag­i­ta­tors and CSK fans who went to watch the match. The ag­i­ta­tors de­manded girls and boys to re­move their yel­low t-shirts that they wore in sup­port of CSK and even threat­ened girls that they would be stripped if they do not con­form to the de­mand. The TN Cricket Board was com­pelled to shift the lo­ca­tion of the match to Ker­ala amidst the chaos. This form­ing the tu­mul­tuous back­drop of Simbu’s press con­fer­ence, he al­leged that Kol­ly­wood­ies like Bharathi­raja and Vaira­muthu have in­sti­gated un­rest among peo­ple of both the states. He im­plored the peo­ple of Kar­nataka to share a glass of wa­ter with the lo­cal Tamils to show their spirit of unity be­tween the states and what fol­lowed was a sur­prise of sorts. Nu­mer­ous Simbu fans in Kar­nataka shot videos of shar­ing glasses of wa­ter with their Tamil neigh­bours and friends. The videos went vi­ral and up­held Simbu’s thought that it is pol­i­tics that rakes up an­i­mos­ity be­tween the two states but peo­ple hold no grudges against each other. Ku­dos to Simbu’s at­tempt to prove his point.

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