Hours before DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi passed away on August 7, Tuesday, movie theatres across Tamil Nadu decided to cancel evening and night shows in the state. Speaking to TNM, Tamil Nadu Cinema Theatre Owners’ Federation Head, Abhirami Ramanathan confirmed that shows had been cancelled, considering the declining health of the former CM.
The decision by the cinema theatre association came after a bulletin from the Kauvery hospital at 4.30 pm on Tuesday which stated that there was a significant decline in the health of Karunanidhi. With no improvement in his health status, the DMK chief passed away after 6 pm and the hospital issued a bulletin confirming the same.
Earlier in the day, his family members were seen rushing to his residence in Gopalapuram, Chennai, looking visibly upset. Security has been tightened in front of the hospital, around Karunanidhi's residences in Gopalapuram and CIT Colony. Across the state, policemen have been asked to report at their respective district SP offices in uniform at the earliest for bandobust duties.
Additional forces have been deployed all over the city to maintain law and order.
The 94-year-old leader was taken to Kauvery hospital in the wee hours of July 26 due to low blood pressure. While the 94-year-old leader’s health deteriorated on July 29, he stabilised with constant medical support through the course of the day. However, he breathed his last on August 7.
Theatre owners are yet to announce if theatres will remain open on Wednesday.