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#Thalapathy67 director Lokesh Kanagaraj says cinema not worth losing one's life

He urged fans to watch cinema only for the purpose of entertainment after Ajith fan loses life during FDFS celebrations

#Thalapathy67 director Lokesh Kanagaraj says cinema not worth losing one's life
Lokesh Kanagaraj
  • Team OTTplay

Last Updated: 03.34 PM, Jan 12, 2023


In a tragic incident during the FDFS celebrations of Ajith's Thunivu, a young fan named Bharath Kumar, who was hardly 19-years-old lost his life. The youngster was atop a slow-moving tanker lorry when he tripped, fell down and broke his spinal cord. Though he was rushed to the hospital, he succumbed to the injuries. The incident took place outside a movie hall in Koyambedu, Chennai and the police have been investigating the same. The incident has sent shockwaves across the state and many have urged fans to be more responsible.

Chennai DGP Shailendra Babu had stated that fans shouldn't get into unsafe acts while celebrating the release of a film. He requested young fans to be responsible and added that it was the families that suffered a lot after such incidents.

Today, during Lokesh Kanagaraj's recent visit to Coimbatore for an event, the Thalapathy67 director was questioned about the same. He urged fans to watch movies only for the purpose of entertainment and added that celebrations and fandom were not worth losing one's life.

The clash of Ajith Kumar’s Thunivu and Vijay’s Varisu has become the highlight of the beginning of 2023 with films of both onscreen rivals arriving on the same day. The last time they clashed at the box office was in 2014 when Ajith's Veeram and Vijay's Jilla took on each other. Fans of both actors had turned for the film celebrations in large numbers.

Fans of actors go to great lengths to celebrate the release of the icon's movie. Be it erecting cutouts, hoardings, posters or even promoting the film underwater or while skydiving, they leave no stone unturned to give their best for their matinee idols. Sometimes, this fandom can also result in clashes between fans, like the clash between Ajith and Vijay fans which led to tearing of the posters at Rohini Theatre in Chennai. After the fatal incident, many have requested fans to be careful and responsible.