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IN SOLIDARITY: Members fo the Tamil Film Industry observe a fast in Chennai on Tuesday, in support of social activist Anna Hazare's fight against corruption. Photo: M. Vedhan - The Hindu.
The film fraternity in Tamil Nadu, led by superstar Rajinikanth and a host of actors and directors, on Tuesday extended support to the fast by Anna Hazare and his team in New Delhi.
In a statement of support sent to the Chennai chapter of India Against Corruption (IAC), Mr. Rajinikanth said there could be no doubt that corruption was a dreaded disease that needed to be weeded out from society. Expressing happiness that the country had a very able and dedicated leader in Anna Hazare to lead the fight against corruption, the actor said he wholeheartedly supported the IAC movement in its campaign to get the Jan Lokpal Bill legislated in Parliament.
Congratulating all Indians who lent their support to this “bloodless revolution,” Mr. Rajinikanth noted that this kind of peaceful movement was possible only in India, birthplace of Satyagrah. “I am very proud to be an Indian,” the actor said in conclusion.
IAC Chennai chapter's co-coordinator R. Upendran said Mr. Rajinikanth's support would go a long way in creating awareness among the public on Mr. Hazare, Jan Lokpal Bill and IAC. Of the 22 people on indefinite fast here, one person diagnosed with jaundice was admitted to hospital for treatment.
At a daylong fast organised at the South Indian Film Chamber on Tuesday, actors and directors participated in large numbers in support of Mr. Hazare. Among them were Suriya, Arjun, Rohini, Cheran, Parthiban, A.R. Murugadoss, Thangarbatchan, Manobala and R.K. Selvamani.