Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Asin faces film ban due to Hogenekkal project

Leading Tamil actress Asin may be “banned” by the South Indian Artistes’ Association (SIAA) for her “non-cooperation” during a protest fast against Karnataka, the association’s general secretary MR Radha Ravi said on Wednesday.

“The buck has to stop somewhere. A decision will be taken by Sarath Kumar (SIAA president), upon his return later this week, against all those film personalities who did not join the protest and failed to offer an acceptable explanation for not turning up for the fast. Asin is one of several people who have not offered plausible explanations for their absence from the fast. We also are awaiting explanations from actors Napoleon, Karthik and Radhika who too failed to turn up,” Ravi said.

Film industry sources said Asin is being threatened since she has no political godfathers.

Sources said the move is aimed at forcing the rest of the Tamil film industry to unite against Karnataka so as to force Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to take strong action with regards to the Rs 13.3 billion Hogenekkal project. He has chosen to downplay the issue by suspending work for the project till the Assembly elections in Karnataka are over in May.
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