Kollywood directors declare protests against IPL

Tamizhar Kalai Ilakkiya Panpaattu Peravai, a newly formed forum comprising Tamil filmmakers, today called for a boycott of the CSK match in Chennai.
“At a time when the youngsters of Tamil Nadu are protesting for setting up the Cauvery Water Management Board and against Sterlite, the popular T20 tournament seems to be an event that is being staged to divert them from their goal,” they said.
Veteran film director Bharathiraja, part of the forum, told reporters that IPL will “divert” the prevailing “awakening” among youth in Tamil Nadu over the Cauvery issue.
“Tamil Nadu is boiling – we are not saying there is no need for IPL, Please postpone (the matches). IPL will divert the awakening among the youth over the Cauvery issue,” he said.
While mentioning that they will be protesting tomorrow, when the Chennai Super Kings plays their first match in Chennai after two years, the director refused to reveal what the manner of protest would be, and if it would be inside the stadium or outside it.
“You do not let out your war plans, similarly, I cannot divulge in what form our protest would be,” he said.
Meanwhile, CSK CEO K S Viswanathan said the team’s home matches will go on as per schedule. The city police has been informed about the schedule and will handle the situation accordingly, he added. Meanwhile, security has been stepped up for the players, even as more personnel have been deployed outside the cricket stadium and the hotel where they are put up.