The film Draupathi, which ran into controversy right from the day its trailer was released and about which there was a lot of noise on the social media for its catse-based plot, finally got released last Friday.
The film, directed by Mohan G, has actor Rishi Richard as the lead protagonist. Many from the BJP, including H.Raja and actress Gayathri Raghuram openly praised the film. In fact, Gayathri was seen wearing a T-shirt with Rishi Richard’s picture from Draupathi embossed on it.
Rishi Richard is the blood brother of Shalini, former actress and wife of Thala Ajith. A picture of her with daughter Anoushka and sister-actress Shamlee watching Draupathi in a city theatre became viral. This led to a fresh verbal spat between the fans of Ajith and Vijay on twitter.
The fans of Thalapathi and Thala are always at loggerheads and they regularly trade blows on twitter over trivial issues. No sooner the video of Ajith’s family arriving at the Rohini theatre in Koyambedu was tweeted by their official handles, the hashtag ‘Shalini Ajith’ started trending. Many accused actor Ajith and his family of supporting a caste- based film. Others came to Shalini’s rescue saying that she and her sister Shamlee are there just for her dear brother’s sake.
One may recall that recently a Tamil magazine had carried an article on the movie and the connection of director Mohan with Thala Ajith, questioning if Ajith supports casteist movies as it had the latter’s brother-in-law acting in it. Mohan also gave a fitting reply then....