Prominent South filmmakers Vetrimaaran, Pa Ranjith and others stand in support of farmers

Prominent South filmmakers Vetrimaaran, Pa Ranjith and others stand in support of farmers

By Bollywood Hungama6 February, 2021 2 min read
Prominent South filmmakers Vetrimaaran, Pa Ranjith and others stand in support of farmers

While some of the major celebrities in Bollywood recently extended support to the Government’s initiative to #IndiaAgainstPropaganda amid farmers protest, notable figures from the South film industry have spoken up for the rights of the protesting farmers. Tamil filmmakers Vetrimaaran, Pa Ranjith, music composer GV Prakash Kumar, and National-Award winning Malayalam actor Salim Kumar showed their support to farmers.

In his Facebook post, Vetrimaaran who is known for films like Asuran and Visaaranai wrote: “Protest is the expression of people who are not heard otherwise. The power of governance is given to the Government by the People. It should protect the interest of the people, not act as corporate collaborators. Farmers are trying to defend the spirit of the nation. Protesting for their rights and supporting the protest is democracy.”

Meanwhile filmmaker Pa Ranjith on Friday tweeted, “We stand with farmers & so, we support for the cause that the farmers have been fighting for the last few months. People, whoever questions farmer’s protest & its supporters, should have a sense that the survival of farmers depends on MSP! #FarmersBill #StandWithFarmers (sic).”

Meanwhile, popular film music composer, G.V Prakash Kumar on Friday tweeted, “people have the right to protest. Government should protect the interest of the people,Forcing farmers to accept the new laws is suicide. People Protesting for their rights and is democracy.”

Salim Kumar wrote on Facebook in Malayalam questioning why international celebrities cannot speak about the ongoing protest when Indians commented on Black Lives Matter movement. “The image of George Floyd being killed by kneeling on his neck by a white guy in America had rattled every human being with a conscience. Every nation, community and we Indians, reacted strongly against the US. Not even one American said, this is an internal matter and outsiders need not convey their opinions or that it was an issue for the US to handle internally. They accepted the criticism whole-heartedly. We even saw the US police chief apologise on his knees. What will we Indians lose that the Americans did not when Rihanna and Greta criticize us? Those who want to protest will protest. There are no borders of nationality, religion or class when it comes to this,” he wrote.

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