Aravinth Srinivas, a doctor from Puducherry, penned an emotional post on the risk factors involved in allowing TN theatres to operate with 100 percent occupancy. He requested Vijay and Simbu to reconsider the decision of releasing their films.
Adoctor from Puducherry penned a heartfelt note to actors Vijay and Simbu on the decision to release their films with 100 per cent seating capacity in theatres.
Recently, the Tamil Nadu government permitted 100 percent occupancy in theatres.
The announcement came ahead of the release of Vijay’s Master and Simbu’s Eeswaran, which are scheduled to hit the screens on January 13 and 14 respectively.
Though the film industry is happy about the government’s decision, many are arguing that it might increase the risk of Covid-19.
Dr. Aravinth Srinivas, a junior resident at JIPMER, Puducherry as per his Facebook bio has placed an open request to Vijay and Simbu.
Pandemic Isn’t Over, Says Aravinth
In the post, he has stated that thousands of doctors, police officials and frontline workers are tired due to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.
He also claimed that the workers don’t want appreciation for their efforts but just want a small break which they deserve and don’t want to fall prey to someone’s greed.
He warned that the pandemic is not over and people are still dying. Aravinth wrote,
“Dear Vijay sir, Silambarasan sir, and the respected Tamil Nadu government. I am tired. We are all tired. Thousands of doctors like me are tired. Health care workers are tired. Police officials are tired. Sanitary workers are tired. We have worked so hard at the ground level to make sure the damage done is kept to as low as possible amidst an unprecedented pandemic. I am not glorifying our work for I know there is nothing so great about it to the onlooker’s eyes. We don’t have cameras in front of us. We don’t do stunt sequences. We aren’t heroes. But we deserve some time to breathe. We don’t want to fall prey to someone’s selfishness and greed.”
“The pandemic isn’t over and we have people dying till today to the disease. A hundred percent theatre occupancy is a suicide attempt. Rather homicide, for none of the policy makers or the so called heroes are going to put themselves under the pump, to watch the movie amidst the crowd. This is a blatant barter system, trading lives for money. Can we please slowly try and concentrate on our lives and make sure we tide through this pandemic peacefully and not reignite the slowly burning out flame, that is still not completely put out? I wanted to make this post scientific and explain why we are still in danger. But that’s when I asked myself, “what’s the point?” Yours tiredly. A poor, tired resident doctor (sic).”
Here’s the post:
On December 28, director Lokesh Kanagaraj took to social media to reveal that his third film Master will release worldwide in theatres on January 13.
While the Tamil and Telugu versions will release on January 13, the Hindi version will hit the screens on January 14. Master, produced by Xavier Britto, also stars Vijay Sethupathi, Malavika Mohanan, Andrea Jeremiah, Shanthanu Bhagyaraj, and Arjun Das in the lead roles.
Simbu’s Eeswaran is directed by Susienthiran. The film is touted to be a commercial entertainer.