Gujarat MLA and Dalit Leader Jignesh Mevani will be appearing in a Tamil film, directed by Pa Ranjith, The Indian Express has reported.
Gujarat MLA and Dalit Leader Jignesh Mevani will be appearing in a Tamil film, directed by Pa Ranjith, The Indian Express has reported. Reportedly, Mevani, will be seen in a cameo role “which suits his persona.” Ranjith had met Mevani on Pongal and was impressed by his ideas and fight against what Mevani calls atrocities against Dalits. Speaking to The Indian Express, Ranjith said, “I met him (Mevani) on Pongal (January 14) when he was visiting Chennai. I will be offering him a cameo role in my next movie as it was wonderful meeting a young leader like him. We spoke about various issues including Dalit rights and the ongoing movement.” Moreover, Mevani has also expressed his excitement to act in the movie directed by Ranjith. Mevani said that he is excited about the idea of doing the cameo in the movie.”I brought up the topic and even Ranjith approved it. I was honored to celebrate Pongal with the director. He is one of the most humble person I have ever known.”
Mevani had met Ranjith in Chennai on Pongal (January 14), where they discussed the Dalit movements, ongoing fight and challenges. Both Mevani and Ranjith expressed their happiness after meeting each other. Even Ranjith had taken to Twitter to express the pleasure of meeting Vadgam MLA. His tweet said, “An unexpected lovely moment. Meeting with Comrade @jigneshmevani80.Thanks for coming all the way home. All the best for your work & my solidarity. Keep doing what you are doing. Much respect.” Ranjith, who is known for challenging the status quo in his movies, had shot to fame for his movie ‘Kabali’. Starring Rajnikanth, the movie revolved around the fights against the oppression faced by the Tamils working in Malaysia as labourers.
In his another movie, Madras, the director has brought up the issue of caste and representation of Dalits and their lifestyles. Speaking to Indian Express, Ranjith has said, “I believe in art as a movement, and my movies also reflect the same. I wanted to come to Una for taking part in the movement against the flogging of Dalit youths (allegedly by gau rakhshaks), and was following the details of the agitation. But I could not make it as I was tied up with work,” said Ranjith. Earlier this year, Ranjith put together a 19-member band called ‘Casteless Collective’ which put together songs on issues like reservation, manual scavenging, annihilation of caste and agrarian crisis.”