Strike is a word that I dislike, says Rajini

The Superstar urged both TFPC and FEFSI to talk and find a solution to the deadlock, swiftly and smoothly.

Superstar Rajinikanth, on Tuesday, chose to break his silence on the ongoing tussle between the Tamil Film Producers’ Council and the Film Employees Federation of India, which has resulted in a strike that has brought all production activities in the Tamil film industry to a grinding halt.

The superstar appealed to both sides to talk the issue out and find an amicable solution swiftly and smoothly.

Rajini’s statement came after FEFSI President R K Selvamani called on him.

Work on over 40 Tamil films, that are in production at the moment, including Rajinikanth’s Kaala Karikalan, have stopped because of the ongoing strike by FEFSI workers.

While sources said that some film units had managed to continue shooting despite the strike call by the FEFSI on the first day of its protest, reports from different parts of the state said that film shooting, had, by and large, come to a grinding halt on day 2.

Rajini, who issued a statement after meeting R K Selvamani, said, “Strike is one of the words that I dislike. No matter what the problem is, without bothering about egos and keeping in mind public welfare, we can find a solution with loving words. As a senior artiste, it is my loving request to both the Producer Council and the FEFSI that they meet and talk and find swiftly, a smooth and acceptable solution to the problem.”

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government has decided to intervene in the issue and has asked both sides to appear for talks in the presence of its Deputy Commissioner today.