Kashmir post-abrogation of Article 370 has invited divergent opinions. The scrapping of the special status allowing J&K to have a separate constitution sparked off a nationwide debate with many in filmdom taking a stand on it either way.
Actor Vijay Sethupathi is one who has chosen to take the view that revoking of Article 370 was not democratic. During a media interaction at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, Sethu said, "Even revered social reformist and politician Periyar had spoken about this earlier. The people of Kashmir should take their own decision. Nobody can interfere in your family's affairs, as you know better what the inner problems are. We can be considerate to them, but should not overpower them."
"The reports I read about Kashmir caused great pain. I reiterate that while people outside Kashmir can be concerned about them, they should not impose their decisions or offer suggestions to them," he concluded. The actor was in Australia last week when he received the 'Best Actor' award for his role of a transgender in the film Super Deluxe in the Melbourne festival.
The extreme division within filmdom became even more apparent as 'Superstar' Rajinikanth came out in support of the government's move to scrap Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. He congratulated Amit Shah for 'Mission Kashmir operations' at Vice President Venkaiah Naidu's book launch event in the city. "The way you conducted it, hats off, especially the speech you delivered in Parliament, fantastic sir," Rajini said.