Superstar Rajnikanth, Kamal Haasan and many Kollywood film stars went on an eight-hour fast in Chennai on Friday to express solidarity with Tamil Nadu's stand on the Hogenakkal water project and denounced the attacks on cinemas screening Tamil movies in Bangalore.
The presence of Rajnikanth added fizz to the strong response from the film fraternity, which transcended linguistic differences and joined hands to condemn the attacks on cinemas, buses and Tamil newspapers published from Bangalore.
Besides Rajnikanth other popular actors like Murali and Arjun, also hailing from Karnataka, joined the fast, which was held in a specially erected stage in Chepauk in Chennai, where thousands of fans converged to have a glimpse of their stars and to hear their speeches denouncing the attacks.
Rajnikant attacked former Chief Minister S M Krishna, who he said had jumped into the fray because he wants to head his party in the coming elections, for his statement that Chief Minister Karunanidhi had made a harsh statement on the issue.
"Speak the truth," he told him and also attacked BJP leader Yediyurappa of creating the problem by going to Hogenakkal, located in Tamil Nadu, and staging a demonstration recently.
"A leader of a big national party engaging in such an act is cheap," he said, appealing to other leaders like former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda and his son H D Kumaraswamy not to politicise the issue because of the approaching elections.
Image: Tamil actors Kamal Haasan, Sarathkumar and Rajnikanth were among the prominent speakers at the event.
Reportage: PTI | Photographs: Sreeram Selvaraj
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