Nadigar Sangam has organised a one-day strike demanding that the centre lift the ban on Jallikattu. Stars like Ajith, Vijay, Rajinikanth and many others are participating in the event.
Nadigar Sangam protests Live updates: Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Ajith, Suriya, Sivakarthikeyan, Karthi, Trisha Krishnan, Shanthnu, Prasanna, Sundar C, Sathyaraj, Prabhu, Sivakumar and host of actors have already joined the protest being held at the Nadigar Sangam grounds. It has to be noted that Thala has visited an event organised by the actors' guild after a lot of years. Celebs at Protests -Photos
The last time that Ajith attended the event organised by the Nadigar Sangam was to thank former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi for allotting land to older artistes of Kollywood in 2010. He had created a controversy when he remarked that the actors were being forced and threatened to attend events, which were politically sensitive. It may be recalled that Thala had refused to take part in the electoral process of Nadigar Sangam as well. Pics - Ajith with Shalini at protests
Now, after a gap of seven years, Ajith is taking part in the Nadigar Sangam event again. The actor sported black dress and was accompanied by his wife, Shalini.
However, soon after the Nadigar Sangam announced its decision to organise a protest, it received a flak from netizens, who started a trend on Twitter with a hash tag - #SayNoTo NadigarSangamProtest.
Apparently, netizens were upset with the celebrities taking away all the attention from the mass movement started by people a few days ago. Understanding their sentiment, Nassar, the President of Nadigar Sangam, requested media not to cover the event of the actors' guild and instead focus on the people's movement.
The theatres and all the film-related activities remain shut on Friday, 20 January, in support of the people's movement to lift the ban on Jallikattu. The directors' union, the Film Employees Federation of South India (FEFSI), the film workers' union and producers' council have also extended its support to the event.
Jallikattu protests were started by people randomly in different parts of Tamil Nadu. But it gained momentum after many effectively used social media to intensify the movement. A large group of people assembled at Marina Beach in Chennai which inspired many celebrities, who did their best to draw the media attention to the issue.
As a result, the protest has now become a major issue and the state and central government have now taken note of the social movement. The Tamil Nadu government and the protesters are demanding the centre pass an ordinance to legalise the bull-taming game.
Find the photos of Nadigar Sangam protests below: