The actor, who took stage after most speakers, began by thanking the distributors, theatre owners and all the other members of his team who had worked on the film.
When he began talking about his film’s producer and long-term friend Raja, Sivakarthikeyan turned emotional.
“I still remember. On the day of the release of Rajini Murugan, I called Raja anna at 7 in the morning to know if the film would release. He said, ‘I don’t know Siva. It hasn’t been confirmed.’ I am someone who is of the opinion that the painful longing that an actor experiences when he is not sure if his film is going to release on a particular day or not, should not be there. I didn’t experience any such pain while working on this film Remo because of producer Raja. I would shoot for 18 hours and after that go and play with my child. But I have never seen him ever spend time with his family…,” he said and broke into tears.
Gaining his composure, he continued, “I have myself witnessed this. I have seen him (Raja) pleading with several production houses, ‘ Please give this design as an ad. It will look good.’ He (Raja) has been stopped at the entrance of several production houses. Just ask him if he has any property? Ask him if whether he owns a car?.”
From that point on, Sivakarthikeyan lashed out at those he called, ‘ people causing problems’. ” Till the time of this film’s release, how many problems will you create? All of you who create problems know it. How many problems will you cause?,” he asked angrily.
When Raja tried to stop Siva Karthikeyan from speaking any further, Siva stopped him saying, “Allow me brother. I have been facing this difficulty for long. We (Raja and I ) have made this film not to hurt anybody. We have made it only for the audience to enjoy. Please allow me to work for that. I am pleading with you, please allow me to work. Till today, Raja has not slept,” Sivakarthikeyan said.
The actor continued, “If he had thought, he could have made a profit of 20 crores and gone and settled somewhere. Why is he here? All of you over here have given me this stature and this stage. I am eager to make entertainers that will make people laugh. That wish goes for him as well. We are not asking for anything or for help. The media is there to help. The public is there to help. If you say the film is good, we will feel happy. If you say something is wrong, we will try to correct ourselves and improvise. We will work harder and give a stronger product. But please don’t stop us from working. That is the request I would like to place to all of you.”
The actor, who went on to thank the media, said, “I am someone who thinks that it is wrong to break down after doing something wrong. I am someone who is truthful and who believes in not harming anybody in anyway. Raja anna also thinks that way. So, I am not bothered about having cried. Beyond these tears, I do not know what I am going to give back to Raja anna. ‘I will be with you Raja anna. We will do whatever it is you choose to do in a big way. Thank you.”