Samantha pays tribute to Sri Lankan Tamils who died in war

Samantha took to social media to dedicate her character The Family Man 2 to people who died in war.

By Anoop Sai Bandi, June 05, 2021 17:49 IST

Samantha Akkineni plays the role of Raji, a member of the rebel force in The Family Man 2. Directed by Raj and DK, The Family Man 2 released on Amazon Prime Video on June 4 and has been receiving a lot of appreciation. For the past few weeks, people have been criticising Samantha and the show's makers for portraying Sri Lankan Tamils in bad light. She recently posted a note in which spoke about dedicating her character to those who died in the Eelam war.
She wrote, 'Reading all the reviews and comments fills my heart with so much joy .. RAJI will always be special. When @rajanddk approached me to do the character, I was aware that portraying Raji's character required sensitivity and balance. The creative team shared documentaries of the Tamil struggle that included stories of women in the Eelam war. When I watched those documentaries, I was aghast and shocked by the troubles and unspeakable grief that the Tamils of Eelam went through over an extended period of time. I noticed that the aforementioned documentaries had only a few thousand views and that is when it dawned on me how the world just looked away when tens of thousands of people of Eelam lost their lives. And, lakhs more lost their livelihood and their homes. Countless many continue to live in far away lands with the wounds of the civil strife still fresh in their hearts and mindsRaji's story, though fictional, to me, is a tribute to those that died because of an unequal war, and those who continue to live in the painful memory of the war. I was particular about Raji's portrayal being balanced, nuanced, and sensitive. I want Raji's story to be a stark, much-needed reminder for us, more than ever before, to come together as humans to fight hate, oppression, and greed. If we fail to do so, countless more will be denied their identity, liberty, and their right to self-determination (sic).'
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