When the fighting for the Eezham Tamil cause by the Tamil community all over the world was at its peak in January 2009, there were voices from the film fraternity also. There were agitations and hunger strikes. While that was happening one incident jolted all. That was the self-immolation of Muthukumar.
A journalist and assistant director by profession Muthukumar immolated himself for the Eezham cause. The 4-page statement he distributed before his death is part of modern Tamil folklore. His supreme sacrifice moved the Tamil film industry also and many from the industry hold him in high esteem.
Sathyaraj, Seeman, Ameer and many others still talks about the sacrifice of Muthukumar. Yesterday, August 29, Sathyaraj and Ameer released documentary on Muthukumar at the Film Chamber in Chennai. The documentary titled ‘January 29’ is directed by Pragatheeswaran.Nallathurai, Selvaraj Murugaiyan have produced it.
While speaking at the function Sathyaraj turned very emotional and said “I am speechless after seeing a movie of this kind. I thank the producers and director of the movie as one of the million brothers of Muthukumar”.
Sathyaraj also said that Ameer as a director must take forward the struggle through his films because social changes can happen through films.
Directors Pughazhendhi Thangaraj, Sibichander, Lyricist Arivumadhi and Writer Balamurali Varma also were present.