BJP's protests against Actor Vijay: Is this the reason?

While, on one hand, the recently concluded Income Tax raids had taken the fans much closer to Actor Vijay, on the other hand, Tamil Nadu BJP party has been protesting against the shooting of his upcoming movie 'Master' that has been taking place in the premises of Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) in Cuddalore district, Tamil Nadu.

Although the shooting has been going on nearly for the past few days, the members of the state BJP unit had staged protests outside the NLC premises on Friday against the movie shooting and they have threatened to roll out fierce protests on Saturday if the movie shooting continues in NLC. The protesters claimed that they have been voicing against the permission that was granted for the movie team to shoot the movie at the highly secured area.

A BJP party member addressing the reporters about the protests - Feb 7, 2020


The BJP members said that NLC is the mining belt and the highly secured and protected area and they quizzed how the movie team gained the consent to camp the shooting in its premises. They stated that they have approached the Central government and filed a complaint against the shooting. They urged that the movie team should not continue the shootings on Saturday as this area is not meant for shooting movies. By condemning the act, they claimed that the protest is not against Actor Vijay but the movie shooting in NLC.

 Actor Vijay after returning to the movie sets - Feb 7, 2020


The agitators have stated that no actor is allowed here for shooting including Rajinikanth and upheld that the NLC is important and it employs more than 10,000 workers. In the middle of the protests, Actor Vijay has received a mass welcome from his fans who had stormed outside NLC to spot their favorite actor as he returned to the movie sets after two days of staying under the drones and interrogations of the Income Tax Department. 

Actor Vijay was taken into custody by the IT authorities with a connection to the salary he received in his last movie 'Bigil'. Along with Vijay, AGS film production group and film financier Anbu Chezhiyan have been brought under IT scanner. The IT sleuths had sieved Vijay's residences in Chennai and about 38 locations in Chennai and Madurai that belong to AGS and Anbu Chezhiyan. The Actor was interrogated on Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, he was summoned by the IT authorities who directly arrived in NLC when Vijay was in the shooting.  

IT sleuths had seized the bags of unaccounted cash from the residence of Anbu Chezhiyan - Feb 6, 2020 - ANI photo


However, Vijay was set out of the IT lens as no money was seized from his residences and on the other hand, the IT department had exhumed the mountain of unaccounted cash of Rs 77 crore from Anbu Chezhiyan's residences. Bigil was the last movie of Actor Vijay that was produced by the AGS group and financed by Anbu Chezhiyan. The movie was a box office hit by earning around Rs 300 crore. During the tenure of IT raids, Vijay's fans had sent solidarity to the Actor by trending the hashtag of '#WeStandWithVijay'.

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