I haven't seen the film and I am sure that the last twenty minutes must be outstanding....for Friendship and what it means. Happy friendship Day to all those who read this...even if you are reading it later.
Much is being said about the "apology" and so on. I have one thought to contribute. The "karnataka" market for this film cannot be something so big that it prompted the Superstar to send this apology....I know that he settled probably four times that amount for the financial hardships that the distributors claimed to have suffered in "Baba". To say that he did this for money is utter nonsensense. I feel that there is more to it than what he, as a Gentleman, is willing to let all of us know. What little I Know of him , says that he is NOT a Commercially driven person. Much finer sentiments rule that Man.
In any case, to apologise and to say that he is sorry IF he had hurt someone's feelings...is an act of bravery and not cowardice. To express one's feelings in a socio - Political issue is one thing and to hurt the sentiments and feelings of a section of people is another. We must realise that the apology was for having hurt and not for having participated in the protest fast.
I wish all of us will rise above petty partisan feelings and Try to solve this problem of "cauvery" water....We have always welcomed non Tamil Speaking people in Tamil Nadu ( here I mean, people for whom Tamil is not their mother tongue) - MGR , Periyar , Jayalaithaa , M.R.Radha , Savithri , Padmini , Nagesh , Kannamba , Vai.Ko , Vijaykanth , Rukmani Devi Arundale , Dr Cherian ,Dr. Badrinath , Dr. P.C.Reddy , Nagi Reddy , Bhanumathy , Mr.Tarapore , Mr.Kothari , Mr.Dadha have all been Great Citizens for Tamil Nadu.....What they have done for us is more important than where they came from. Ambedkar has done so much for social upliftment in Tamil Nadu , he is from Maharashtra. Mother Theresa was not even an Indian by birth . So why harp on this Tamil - non Tamil Issue.
In the Genographic Project, I suggest all of us visit that site
they have traced our ancestry .... all of us come from a small group that migrated some 60,000 years ago from africa. so where are these issues of language, State or even Country??....We seem to have had one migration 50000 years ago and one 25000 years ago. These Gentlemen ..were our ancestors....This is verified Genetically. In fact , for a small sum you can get a Kit from National Geographic and trace your gene , almost to that little pool of water in Africa...Try it.The web site makes for interesting reading , a documentary on this was also telecast. One of our friends from Tanjore was able to trace his roots , I remember reading about it in the Papers.
So let us all be FRIENDS .... Not for a moment am I suggesting that we give up our rights , lose our self respect or agree to impossible demands....let us remember that a Smile gets you much further than a slap.
SARVE JANAAH SUKHINO BHAVANTHU.