After an article in The Financial Express (now rectified) "converted" Kamal Haasan to Islam while outraging about his comments on the Mahabharatha, it is now actor Suriya's turn.
There was "perum paraparappu", as TV channels would term the fervid discussions, around a video of the actor which was doing the rounds on social media. One of the top stars in Kollywood, the video showed Suriya wearing a skull cap and praying at the dargah. He can also be seen wearing garlands around his neck.
However, before anyone could start a ghar wapsi programme for the actor, his close associate Rajasekar Pandian, took to Twitter to put the rumours to rest.
Rajasekar clarified that this was an old video taken when Suriya had visited the Ameen Peer Dargah in Kadapa in 2013, and that he'd done so on music composer AR Rahman's mother's invitation. Suriya had reportedly gone to Kadapa for Singam 2 shooting.
A press note has also been issued regarding this news:
Actor Suriya is not converted into Muslim, Its an old video during Singam2 shooting !!
There is a rumour spreading that actor Suriya converted himself into a Muslim. There is a video where he is seen in Mosque, that is the reason for this confusion. That video happened during singam2 time when he was shooting in Kadapa. AR Rahman invited Suriya to a Mosque near kadapa and the video was recorded when he was praying there. So, its an old video and Suriya hasnâ€™t converted to Muslim. The news spreading is a complete false.
Now, of course, the "questioning minds" of the country are asking why AR Rahman invited Suriya to a mosque and if the former would have prayed at a temple. Clearly, some people have way too much time in their hands.