When most mainstream film personnel (except Anurag Kashyap) are choosing to not voice their opinions on the abrogation of Article 370, actor Vijay Sethupathi has slammed the government. Currently in Melbourne, where he was adjudged Best Actor (for Super Deluxe) at the Indian Film Festival Of Melbourne, Sethupathi was in conversation with a radio channel, SBS Tamil Australia, according to this report in India Today.
Borrowing from the words of the popular socialist leader Periyar EV Ramasamy, Sethupathi criticised the central government’s decision to revoke Article 370 without paying heed to the people’s voice. He called the decision “undemocratic” and “unconstitutional”.
“This is against democracy. Periyar had said earlier itself that people themselves should decide on their problems and issues. Can I interfere in the affairs of your house? It is you who live there and know what is best for you. I can be concerned about you, but cannot impose my decisions on you. These are two different things,” he’s reported to have said. He went on to add that as ‘outsiders’ we could only express concern, but it was probably not our place to step in and offer suggestions on the issue.
Vijay Sethupathi’s comments come only a day after actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth, gave his heartfelt congratulations to PM Modi and Amit Shah on the success of ‘Mission Kashmir’. Thalaivar couldn’t stop gushing about the two men leading the NDA govt, whom he described as Arjuna and Lord Krishna respectively.