It’s time for many actors and actresses in Kollywood who originate from neighbouring Kerala to run for cover in the aftermath of the controversy surrounding the Mullai Periyar Dam. The row over the Dam has been hotting up each day with people of the States of Kerala and Tamil Nadu flexing their muscles on the border.
Kollywood has plenty of heroes, heroines, actors and technicians hailing from Kerala who have been on very good terms with their Tamil counterparts for many years. In the past fortnight, however, they have been literally ‘hiding’ themselves from facing the public and attending filmy events as they don’t want to be the target of ire.
At the recently held audio-launch of director Lingusamy’s Vettai, Amala Paul (one of the heroines in the film along with Sameera Reddy) reportedly told Lingusamy that she didn’t want to attend the press-meet that was to be held in connection with the film’s release. She was apprehensive that she might have to face questions about the Dam issue and said she’d feel embarrassed if such a thing happened.
Thankfully for her, Lingusamy made a formal appeal prior to the commencement of the function asking the scribes not to ask any questions about the Dam row. Aarya, who too hails from Kerala and is one of the two heroes in the film, reportedly escaped unnoticed mid-way through the meet apparently to avoid ‘unnecessary’ questions. Compared to them, Iniya appears to be eager to meet the press.
The actress, who is the heroine of the recently released Maunaguru opposite Arulnidhi, was reportedly approached by a leading television channel for an interview. When they rang her up for her appointment for the interview, she asked them how much the channel would pay her for the interview. “You are obviously raking in the revenue by telecasting the interview; what’s wrong on my part in demanding money from you for the interview?” was Iniya’s reply.
What was the response from the channel remains unknown till date!