Members of the Indian film industry in Tamil Nadu state is on a day-long fast to protest against the jailing of former chief minister Jayaram Jayalalitha.
Jayaram Jayalalitha has been jailed for four years for corruption and is in a Bangalore prison.
She has challenged her conviction and applied for bail. The Bangalore high court will hear her plea on October 6.
In a case lasting 18 years, Jayaram Jayalalitha was found guilty of amassing unaccounted wealth of more than $10 million.
In its ruling on September 27, the special court in Bangalore also ordered her to pay a 1 billion rupee ($16 million) fine and resign as chief minister.
Jayaram Jayalalitha has been jailed for four years for corruption and is in a Bangalore prison (photo AP)
A former film actress, Jayaram Jayalalitha is one of India’s most colorful and controversial politicians and has a huge following in Tamil Nadu.
On September 30, actors, directors and other members of the Tamil film industry began a day-long silent fast in the state capital, Chennai, to express “support and solidarity” for Jayaram Jayalalitha.
All the cinemas are shut in the city until the evening and all film shoots have been cancelled for the day.
Jayaram Jayalalitha’s imprisonment has dismayed her supporters who have held protests and wept openly.
One report said at least 16 people were believed to have killed themselves “either by setting themselves ablaze or by hanging” since Jayaram Jayalalitha’s sentencing.
On September 29, her successor O Paneerselvam was sworn in as chief minister – he too wept during his inauguration, with colleagues saying they were in mourning.
Jayaram Jayalalitha has denied charges of amassing wealth as false and says that she acquired property through legal means.
The case was heard in the neighboring state of Karnataka to ensure it remained free from influence or pressure.
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Indian actor Dara Singh has died in Mumbai after a long illness, his doctors say.
The 83-year-old wrestler-turned-actor had been admitted to hospital last week after a heart attack.
Dara Singh was taken home on Wednesday night after doctors said he had little chance of recovery and that there had been significant damage to his brain.
Dara Singh, who won the world wrestling championship in 1960, acted in several Bollywood films and television serials.
He gained huge popularity while playing Hanuman, the monkey god, in the television adaptation of the Hindu epic
He was also a member of parliament from 2003 to 2009 when he was appointed to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of India’s parliament.
Indian actor Dara Singh has died in Mumbai after a long illness
Dara Singh’s doctor said he passed away “peacefully” at 07:30 a.m.
His films included
King Kong, Faulad, Kal Ho Naa Ho and he was last seen in the 2007 hit, Jab We Met.
Meanwhile, tributes have been pouring in for the much-loved Dara Singh.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed his sadness at Dara Singh’s death and described him as a “noted film personality and an internationally acclaimed wrestler”.
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing away of Dara Singh,” Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said in a statement. “Dara Singh will always have a special place in our heart for his immense contribution to the Indian film industry in various capacities, as an actor, director and producer,” she added.
The micro-blogging site Twitter has seen tributes pouring in from Bollywood personalities and fans.
Superstar Amitabh Bachchan, with whom Dara Singh acted in the 1985 action film Mard, described him as “a great Indian and one of the finest humans”.
“Dara Singh passed away this morning. A great Indian and one of the finest humans… An entire era of his celebrated presence gone,” Amitabh Bachchan wrote on the micro-blogging site, Twitter.
His son, actor Abhishek Bachchan, tweeted:
“The most gentle and kind man. Really looked up to him. Will miss him.” “When childhood heroes die the world looks desolate,” veteran director Mahesh Bhatt tweeted.