The Tamil film industry has finally called off its 48 day long strike and new Tamil films will hit the screens from Friday.
However, several people have asked on social media why the industry is releasing new films when the Cauvery Management Board has not been set up as yet. Many celebrities from Kollywood had said that spectators must boycott the IPL matches that were to be played in Chennai. Others had said that the games should be shifted to other cities.
Kollywood strike ends. Releases may happen. So time for #Seeman, #Bharathiraja, #Velmurugan & #Gouthaman to say no film releases & no celebrations in theatres #CauveryProtest . If #IPl diverts attention of youngsters so do #cinema.â€” bharathnt (@bharath1) April 17, 2018
Kollywood strike is over. Now we will get to know - Who are the real & true protestors for Cauvery water ?
Some rogue's protested during the #IPL just for the sake of attention & bogus strike.#CauveryManagementBoard #CMB #CauveryProtestâ€” Yokesh (@ImYokEsH) April 18, 2018
@ChennaiIPL Bring back the lions to our own den.. !! Kollywood Strike called off.. Now ppl ll realise that boycotting IPL plan was to get the attention.. Now that's gonna over.. So v want our lions back at their own den.. #Chepaukâ€” Barath Venkat (@VenkatBarath) April 18, 2018
Where is that Pachai, Neelam, Sivappu Tamil Directors who asked everybody to Boycott IPL & now shamelessly going to release movies. Doesn't this distract people? Maybe they say, that is Producer council, we are directors.â€” Villu (@vilveshs) April 18, 2018
Maybe people can Boycott... https://t.co/tTLQyBTHSx
Kollywood strike done right. Requesting Dear Seeman, Bharathiraja and all the other Film Industry people to protest near theatres cause this is also going to distract people from CMB issue. I request all Chennai IPL fans to join this also @ChennaiIPLâ€” Sooriyah Dhanapathi (@sooriyah_rd) April 17, 2018
#Kollywood . @itisprashanth @NaamTamilarOrg @RjVigneshkanth played their roles very well in the drama as i said earlier , the strike got over as #Csk matches are shifted out of #TN. #CauveryProtest . The same people who protested for #IPL won't protest now #Cauveryissueâ€” vishnuvarthan (@I_mvishnu) April 17, 2018
The same hypocrites who cried IPL is an entertainment that distracts us from real issues like Cauvery and Sterlite will be the first ones to go watch Tamil movies now that the strike on movies been lifted.I just hope when they enter theatre they realise they've been fooledâ€” Rafael De Nito (@RafaelDeNito) April 19, 2018
@VelmuruganTVK @NaamTamilarOrg @VetriMaaran @DirAmeer @JamesVasanthan1 So now as the TFPC strike is over will you al ask ppl to boycott films & if they go will you walk up to theatres to stp forms of entertainment til CWB is formed ? #logiclessfight #CauveryIssue #Cauvery #iplâ€” Rohit (@rohit12491) April 18, 2018
Now that the strike, in all probability, comes to an end, will they defer the release of films in context of #Cauvery issue? If #IPL was entertainment and could have waited till Cauvery issue was resolved, then what are films? Many, very clearly, missed basics here.â€” Gautham Pattikonda (@PGautham) April 18, 2018
As #TFPC has called off the strike today. Now all those who protested against IPL please protest against movie releases.â€” subeeth T C (@subeethtc) April 17, 2018
This will be a distraction for our thoughts n emotions towards #cauvery issue. #NoCauveryNoMovies let's c if this will ever happen.
Good News. Tamil Film Industry Strike to be over soon.â€” Mervin (@MervinClement) April 17, 2018
Now. As noble citizens,like how we did not want any entertainment through IPL because we are in so much pain cuz Cauvery did not arrive,... https://t.co/wcDAzwDX4y
#TFPC strike has ended and films will now release. Aren't u guys the same bunch who protested IPL should not be played in Chennai? Now let's see if you have the same sense to avoid new films being released till the Cauvery Management board is set.#Vishal #Films #Cauveryâ€” NRK (@nyshawnn) April 17, 2018
@VishalKOfficial let the #TamilCinemaStrike continue till cauvery management setup & sterlite problem ends...IPL matches shifted u also continue Ur strike.. Ur @VetriMaaran ammer vairamuthu bharatraja want theseâ€” asbin raj (@asbinraj2) April 17, 2018
Slamming the film industry for looking the other way now and releasing films, angry social media users questioned their motives. They said there should be no new Tamil releases until the CMB is set up.
The Cauvery protests took a violent turn when CSK supporters were attacked by fringe elements during the CSK Vs KKR match held in Chennai on April 10, the first CSK match in the city. A slipper was also thrown into the field, allegedly aimed at players. These events as well as the protests on the road led to the Chennai matches being shifted.
The news came as a big blow to CSK fans who'd been awaiting the return of their team, which had been banned for two years. Director Bharatiraja and music composer James Vasanthan had said that protesting against the IPL would be the best way to bring international attention to the Cauvery issue. Others from the industry like Seeman, Karunas, Simbu and bigwigs Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan had also joined in the clamour against the IPL.