Simbu Springs a Surprise!
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.