Recalling the protest during IPL over the Cauvery scheme, several people have questioned the double standards of those from the film fraternity.

Kaala audio launch not as big as IPL Director Ram defends event amidst outrage
news Controversy Wednesday, May 09, 2018 - 15:16

Even as the YMCA grounds in Chennai is being readied for the grand audio launch of Pa Ranjith and Rajnikanth’s Kaala and there is a lot of fanfare surrounding the same, fans have raised questions on the need for a grand launch at a time when the state has been demanding a Cauvery river water sharing scheme.

Recalling the protest surrounding the IPL, several people have questioned the double standards of those from the film fraternity.

However, Director Ram said that Kaala does not have the same magnitude that IPL had.

“A lot of us protested against IPL because we knew the issue will escalate and gain international attention. The whole idea was to draw attention to the issue at hand. And it was a success. But since then, a lot has happened in the state. Kaala audio launch does not have the magnitude that IPL had. Protesting against this might take a different tone altogether. It might become electoral politics. Protests should not have electoral agenda,” he explained.

Social media users were outraged and pointed out that Rajinikanth himself had asked the IPL players to sport black bands as a sign of protest. Rajnikanth had even remarked that it was “embarrassing” to be enjoying IPL at this particular time.

“It is an embarrassment if we enjoy IPL during this crucial time. Our team (CSK) should try to wear black badges during the game to send the message across the country, the team owners should also support it,” he told the media last month.

Following protests from different quarters, IPL was shifted out of the city. However, a scheme is yet to be formed, and the Centre is supposed to submit its draft scheme to the Supreme Court on May 14. The state of affairs has led many to express their anger on Twitter.

Kaala’s audio was released earlier on Tuesday. The music has been composed by Santosh Narayanan, who will also reportedly perform at the event. 

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