PTI: Sarath Kumar, who is leading the protest, demanded that the Centre implement the resolution adopted by the Tamil Nadu Assembly recently demanding a referendum on separate Tamil Eelam and action against those who committed war crimes.
The protesters are likely to pass few resolutions later in the day on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.
From the site of the fast: Tamil actors led by Nadigar Sangam chief Sarath Kumar, are organizing a one-day fast at the actors association premises in Chennai.
Superstar Rajinikanth too, has joined the hunger strike in a show of solidarity with Lankan Tamils. ]
Prakash Raj tweeted: "Participating in the hunger strike organised by actors association against the atrocities in Sri Lanka. Support us."
As the temprature rises to 32 degrees in Chennai, the stars protest under a large shamiana. The actors present are Rajinikanth, Ajith, Suriya, Dhanush, Karthi, Prakash Raj, Prabhu, Sathyaraj, Sivakumar, Vishal, Arya, Udhayanidhi Stalin and Jiiva among many others.
Kamal Haasan is expected at any moment. Vijay who is shooting in Australia had sent a letter of regret stating that he will not be able to attend the fast. This letter was read out.
Many other stars will be joining as the day progresses.
Ajith who hardly makes any public appearance took part in the Nadigar Sangam fast on the Sri Lankan issue today (April 2) morning in Chennai.
ANI_News: Rajnikant joins Tamil Film Industry protest against Sri Lanka
NDTV: Superstars Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan are expected to join a day-long hunger strike by the Tamil Nadu film fraternity in Chennai today to show solidarity with Lankan Tamils. Top actors and others have already begun gathering at the venue, the South Indian Film Artistes' Association.
A large shamiana with hundreds of chairs under it has been readied to host the celebrity protesters.
The film industry, said Sarathkumar, is endorsing the demands made in a resolution passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly last week. These include the demand for economic sanctions against Sri Lanka for what they allege is the "genocide" of ethnic Tamils in that country, and for the rehabilitation of Lankan Tamils.