Addressing the occasion, Rajini announced
that the financial assistance would continue
in his future movies as well. He said that
this has been discussed with Shankar, with
whom he is working next, and his daughter
He also explained his stand in the apology
issue and stated that the whole issue was
a lesson for him. “Had I mentioned
that my remarks on the Kannadigas do not
apply for people in Karnataka in general
and only to the miscreants, this issue wouldn’t
have cropped up,” Rajini clarified.
K. Balachander, who also attended, spoke
in the event and remarked that the issue
was blown out of proportion unnecessarily.
“I have been watching the issue for
some time now and did not comment on it
since I did not want to add fuel to the
fire. In my opinion, Rajini did not apologize
and has only expressed regret over the issue,”
He also mentioned that since Rajini’s
life is closely intertwined with the producers
and people, it became necessary for him
to issue such a statement. “Apologizing
and expressing regret are two different
things. I would appeal to friends of Tamil
cinema not to build a dividing wall inside
the community by raising such issues. Let
the bygones be bygones,” he stated.
KB added that at a time when Tamil talent
is being receiving nationwide recognition,
especially in Bollywood, it is essential
that Tamil cinema maintains its unity.