D. Jayakumar, TN State Minister for Fisheries and Personnel and Administrative Reforms, is routinely at loggerheads with several actors, including Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Vijay, etc. It was Siddharth’s turn recently to receive flak from the Minister, after the actor made some disparaging remarks about TN Chief Minister Palanisamy in reference to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB).
The CAB has been generating widespread discussion. Opinion on it has been sharply divided.Siddharth took to Twitter to slam the current AIADMK leadership, particularly the Chief Minister, for supporting CAB. He posted, “Deeply ashamed that Edappadi Palaniswami represents my state and our people. Supporting the #CAB shows his true colours, his lack of integrity and his desperate need to remain powerful at any cost. You will all be held accountable. Enjoy your temp power till then with the hash tag: #IndiaRejectsCAB (sic).”
When Jayakumar was queried on Sid’s critique by the media, he retorted with a question of his own, “Who’s that? In which film has he starred?” Jayakumar added that he wasn’t willing to waste his time answering such questions, as these actors talk to gain publicity.
The seemingly unperturbed Rang De Basanti star replied in his inimitable style.
“He asks who I am. No problem. His government awarded me the Tamil Nadu State Government Best Actor Award for 2014. They announced it in 2017 and still haven’t given me the award. I don’t need to speak for publicity. I have earned my place and came up on my own. Honestly.”