MADURAI: Tamil film directors Ameer and Seeman who were released from Madurai Central prison on Friday were given a warm welcome by over 100 members of the film fraternity.
The two directors were arrested in Chennai a week ago on charges of making seditious speeches in Rameswaram on October 19 at a public meeting to condemn the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka.
They were granted conditional bail by the Ramanathapuram Fast Track Court on Thursday.
From early morning, the entrance to the prison wore a festive look bugles being blown to receive Ameer and Seeman.
Film directors Bharathiraja, Balu Mahendra, Bhagyaraj, Cheran, R K Selvamani, V Sekar, Bala, Rajkapoor, lyricists Arivumathi, Snehan and others waited from 8 am for the two directors’ release.
Slogans rent the air when they came out of the prison gate. The two directors were taken by open vehicle to a theatre at Arasaradi, where they were felicitated.
Bharathiraja said that the arrest of the two directors had forged strong links among the film fraternity. He said that apart from entertainment, the film industry’s responsibility also extended to public causes.
He said the aim was to find a solution to the problems of Sri Lankan Tamils and Seeman and Ameer’s arrest had made an impact on Tamils all over the world.
Ameer said only the cessation of hostilities in Sri Lanka would be considered real freedom for Lankan Tamils. Political parties in Tamil Nadu should unite to find a salvation for the Tamils in Sri Lanka, he added.
Seeman said the imprisonment had confined them within four walls but the homeland of Sri Lankan Tamils had been converted into a prison. He demanded that the Government take the initiative to find a solution to the Sri Lankan problem through negotiations.
Directors Bhagyaraj and Balu Mahendra also defended the action of the two directors.