The Padma Award ceremony was held on March 28 where 56 personalities received the honour. The rest of the awardees, including Rajinikanth, actress Priyanka Chopra and tennis champ Sania Mirza, will receive their Padma Awards at a separate function to be held next month.
Speaking to PTI, Dr Manivannan said that a lot of milk is wasted by propitiating on flex banners and cut-outs of Rajinikanth, instead it can be distributed among the poor and the needy.
“A lot of children are malnourished because of poverty in this country. They should be given that milk. Rajinikanth should ask his fans not to waste milk,” he said.
Prior to the release of the actor’s films, his fans perform ‘Paal Abhishekam’, a ritual involving pouring milk on flex banners and on his life-sized cutouts.
Though this is just one of the many ways for fans to express their love towards their favourite star, a protein rich nourishment like milk could otherwise be put into use in a more effective manner. Is it time not only for Rajinikanth but other star actors too, to come forward and request their fans to stop wasting milk on their cut-outs? What about milk wasted in temples and other religious sites? Will anyone file a case against the divine ritual, we wonder.
The next hearing is scheduled for April 11.
Of late, Rajinikanth has been dragged into a number of controversies. His last outing Lingaa has been mired in one controversy after another from the time of its making. The film’s distributors had made a demand that Rajinikanth pay for the losses they suffered as the film turned out to be a dud. Lingaa had another case of plagiarism against it, with two different people, Sakthivel and aspiring filmmaker KR Ravi Rathinam, claiming that Lingaa’s story was theirs.
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