Four days after Soundarya Rajinikanth was appointed as a brand ambassador of Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), a pro-jallikattu group has started asking for her resignation and also burnt her pictures during a protest on Tuesday.
A pro-jallikattu group, Tamizhar Veera Valiyattu Meetpu Kazhagam (VVMK), protested in Trichy and demanded that Soundarya resign as a member of AWBI, considering the sentiments of Tamils with regard to Jallikattu, according to The Times of India.
Moreover, the group has decided to meet Rajinikanth over this issue so that he can ask his daughter to resign. VVMK state president T Rajesh told The TOI, “We will highlight the fact that most of his movies highlight Tamil culture. And in one of his movies he even plays a bull tamer.”
He also added that Soundarya’s father and actor Rajinikanth had gained popularity by acting in a famous bull taming scene in the Tamil movie Murattu Kaalai, according to DNA.
However, Soundarya published a press statement on this issue and said that she is honoured to be made the brand ambassador of AWBI. She stated, “She will ensure the safety of animals used in the films as well as monitor the use of graphics in the film and will say whether the makers have used graphics or shot with real life animals.”
Rajesh also said that VVMK is going to continue the protests till she steps down. He feels Soundarya is “insulting” the sentiments of Tamil people.
Source: The Times of India