Highlights of hunger strike by Artists Association

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Wednesday, Apr 03, 2013

Highlights of hunger strike by Artists Association

Hunger strike by cine artistes conveying support to Sri Lankan Tamils was held yesterday between 9 in the morning and 5 in the evening.  Most of the actors and actresses did not participate in the hunger strike held by the South Indian Artists Association.  Even beyond afternoon, many lead actresses did not turn up.


Here are some reports of what happened during the hunger strike: -


  • Dhanshika was the only actress who turned up sharply for the hunger strike. Then, some senior artistes turned up.  Radhika, Urvasi, Ambika, Rekha, Kovai Sarala and Ramya Krishnan came one after another.


  • Artists Association Head Sarathkumar, and Vaagai Chandrasekar were there for hunger strike in the morning.


  • Lead actors as Suriya, Karthi, Sivakumar appeared at around 10 in the morning.  Ajith, unmindful of injury on leg, appeared at around 10.30 in the morning.


  • As the hunger strike began, songs hailing Tamil Eelam were played.  But by 11 in the noon, the songs were stopped. 


  • Numbers by Music Director Tajnoor Arivumathi Pandian were played.  But songs for which lyrics are by Pa Vijay were not played.  The audio CDs were distributed to artistes who participated in the hunger strike. 


  • There were two queues, one for actors and actresses to enter, and another queue for fans to see their heroes.  Huge crowd thronged the place from morning till evening. 


  • Actors as Suriya, Karthi, Sivakumar, Ajith, Vikram, Sathyaraj, and director Ameer were seated from morning till evening.


  • Actor Rajini turned up for hunger strike at 11 in the morning.  As Rajini suffers health setback, many suggested that he go back home.  But, Rajini participated in the hunger strike till 2 in the afternoon. 


  • Usually, everybody is given chance to opine on stage.  But, this time, nobody was allowed to make address on stage.  So, artistes individually made their comments to the media. 


  • Food items were not allowed. Also, water bottles were not allowed. 


  • Everybody expected that Kamal Haasan would turn up in the morning. But, he turned up at only 4 in the evening.  As he entered, he maintained silence and sat beside other actors.  As the hunger strike concluded in the evening at 5, he was the first person to leave the place.


  • Actors as Jai, Simbu and Dhanush participated in the hunger strike only after 2 pm. 


  • Majority of the artistes were chatting and enquiring wellbeing with others. 


  • Both Simbu and Dhanush were chatting for a long time. 


  • Sarathkumar’s daughter Varalaxmi, actresses as Lakshmi Rai and Trisha participated in the hunger strike only after 2 pm.  Actress Trisha introduced an ice cream brand, ate ice cream and turned up at only 3 pm for hunger strike.


  • Lead heroines including Anushka, Kajal Aggarwal, Hansika Motwani, Shriya, Amala Paul, and Nayanthara did not participate in the hunger strike.


  • Since actor Vijay is in Australia for shooting of movie Thalaivaa, he did not participate in the hunger strike.  But, Ajith unmindful of pain on leg, participated in the hunger strike. He had postponed the opening ceremony for upcoming flick so as to participate in hunger strike 


  • Loyola College student Joe Britto and Law College student Dhanasekar served fruit juice and concluded the hunger strike. 


  • Media people expected that popular actors and actresses would speak something at least in the evening.  But nobody other than Artists Association head Sarathkumar, Treasurer Vaagai Chandrasekar, and General Secretary Radharavi spoke to media.


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