No Room for Separatism And Violence, says Lankan Cannes Star

\'Tamils will have to struggle for autonomy, but without resorting to violence. The change of regime has created a conducive climate for a change,\' he said. 

Published: 26th May 2015 06:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th May 2015 07:52 AM   |  A+A-

COLOMBO:Jesuthasan Anthonythasan, the Tamil Tiger child soldier who attained international stardom when his film Dheepan bagged the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year, has well and truly abjured violence and separatism, which had marked his life in Sri Lanka.

Dheepan.jpg“Though the Tamil diaspora may want it, the Tamils in Lanka are not interested in securing an independent Tamil Eelam or adopting violence as their creed again,” Anthonythasan, now 47, told Express over phone from Paris.  Having authored two well-received novels, Gorilla and Traitor, on the blood-soaked Tamil militant era under the pen-name Shobasakthi, Anthonythasan has a deep understanding of the Tamil question. “The guns are silent now, and people are going about their normal chores. But the basic issue of the political rights of the Tamils is still not being addressed,” he observed.

“Tamils will have to struggle for autonomy, but without resorting to violence. The change of regime has created a conducive climate for a change,” he said. 

On Dheepan, the first-ever feature film on the plight of Lankan Tamil refugees living overseas, Anthonythasan said it brings out starkly the deprived and depraved lives of illegal immigrants in France.

“It also tells the clueless locals who we immigrants are, and what difficulties we go through,” he said. 

Asked about the challenges in the making of Dheepan, Anthonythasan said: “In the beginning, Director Jacques Audiard knew nothing of Sri Lanka’s war and the problems of the Tamil refugees. But he worked hard to know the subject thoroughly. He would discuss minute details with us.” He feared that language might pose a problem. He wondered if the festival would like a French film where 90 per cent of the dialogues were in Tamil. Dheepan is the story of the escape of a militant, a woman and a child from the war zone in North Lanka.

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