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Kollywood Takes Up Cauvery & Sterlite Issues Amidst Indefinite Strike

Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan at The Kizhakku Appricavil Raju Movie Launch

The Tamil film fraternity is not one to stay silent on burning issues, be it the Jallikattu uprising or Anita’s suicide over NEET. Now, several celebrities include the stars-aspiring politicians have spoken out against the expansion of Vedanta Sterlite’s copper smelter in Tuticorin as it would add to the pollution levels and contaminate the Kumarareddiapuram village in Thoothukudi to hazardous levels.

Rajinikanth, in his latest tweet, said, “Why the government of Tamil Nadu still silent over the ongoing protest against Sterlite Copper and allowing them to function despite opposition from the residents.”

After Rajinikanth’s tweet, actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan visited Kumarareddiapuram village in Tuticorin district to express solidarity with those protesting against Sterlite and its proposed unit in the region. The founder of Makkal Needhi Maiam told the protesters: “The lives of people are more important than the money from copper.”

Sarath Kumar, the actor-politician, has also gone to Thoothukudi to show his support to the people who are protesting against Sterlite.

Actor-music director GV Prakash has been tweeting against Sterlite ever since the protest started with the handle #StandForThoothukudi.

Meanwhile, Sterlite Copper in a PR overdrive tweeted at Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth in an attempt to defend their organisation.

Nadigar Sangam, the association of actors in Kollywood, has stated in a press conference that they’ll soon be joining the protests against Sterlite Copper and demand for the formation of Cauvery Management Board. They may go on fast or take out a procession as a mark of their protest.

The water dispute between the border states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu has also caught the attention of the film fraternity. Apart from the Nadigar Sangam members, many stars have tweeted in favour of the formation of the Cauvery Management Board.

On Sunday, members of the DMK staged a protest against the Centre for not setting up the Cauvery Management Board as per the Supreme Court’s orders. Party working president MK Stalin and his son Udhaynidhi, Kanimozhi were reportedly detained and was later released. The party along with its allies has called for a strike on April 5.

Kamal Haasan will reportedly meet Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami to discuss the issue. He had earlier said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi can set up the committee if he wants to and that formation of the committee is the only way out.


The Supreme Court, on February 16, had set a March 30 deadline for the central government to set up the Cauvery Management Board. Meanwhile, the apex court on Monday agreed to hear Tamil Nadu’s contempt petition against Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha and Union water resources secretary U.P. Singh for not having constituted the Cauvery Management Board within the given deadline.

While Kollywood takes up these cause, the stand-off between the producers council and the Digital Service Providers continues with no Tamil films releasing for over a month now.