Did Malaysian Daily Deride Tamil Film Artistes as ‘beggars’?

It is reported from Kuala Lumpur that a top Malay-language daily derided Kollywood artistes, film-makers and producers by stating that they had come as a ‘bunch of beggars’ to Malaysia to raise funds for the construction of a building for Nadigar Sangam on Habibullah Road (T. Nagar) at Chennai.

Vishal, general secretary of the Nadigar Sangam as well as the president of the Tamil Film Producers’ Council (TFPC), was at the forefront of arrangements made wherein more than 340 artistes/celebrities were taken to Malaysia to take part in the cultural programme and entertaining events held on 06th January at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

Superstar Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan were among the frontline actors, actresses, comedians, dance choreographers, editors, producers, directors, music directors and cinematographers who thronged Malaysia and who appeared to be enjoying a warm welcome. However, playing spoilsport, a popular Malaysian daily reportedly likened these artistes to ‘bunch of beggars’ who had come to Malaysia to raise funds.

“What did these artistes do to the society to expect it to fund the construction of a building for their own use?” questioned the daily and added that enough funds could have been managed if the ‘black money’ stacked by many frontline artistes is brought out in the open. “Even 10 actors could have collected the funds required for the purpose had they let forfeited their fee for a film,” the daily reportedly said.

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