According to May 17 Movement, an organization for srilankan Tamils, ten people turned blind after receiving eye treatment in camps organised in Jaffna by actress Asin. It has thus asked Asin to stop associating herself with philanthropic activities in the island country and to offer an explanation on what caused blindness in those affected.
Asin visited Sri Lanka for the shooting of her Hindi film ‘Ready’ opposite Salman Khan in July this year and had been to Jaffna and Vavuniya along with Lanka’s First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa. Asin conducted an eye camp there and had announced that she would cover 10,000 Lankan Tamils through subsequent efforts.
All those who have turned blind require huge sums to recover their eyesight, said Thirumurugan, convenor of the ‘May 17 Movement’. “It is the duty of the film star to offer an explanation on what had gone wrong. Further, she should stop engaging in philanthropic activities in the island nation, which are only aimed at giving legitimacy to the regime in Colombo,” he added.
Thirumurugan also wondered how Asin had been given access to rehabilitation camps in Jaffna, a region inaccessible even to International NGOs and UN bodies.
Criticising Asin’s decision to visit Sri Lanka for the shoot of her Hindi film, Thirumurugan has appealed to the Tamil Film Chamber of Commerce to ensure that her films do not get released in the State.
Previously, Asin’s Lankan connection had drawn the ire of the Tamil film industry, which had boycotted the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) event held in Colombo prior to her film shoot. Consequently, there were protests in the Tamil film industry against Asin and even calls to blacklist her from Tamil films. Earlier this month, protesters disturbed proceedings at her film shoot of Kaavalan in Mettupalayam.