Chennai: Actors and other representatives of the Tamil film industry on Tuesday began a day-long fast demanding the rehabilitation of Sri Lankan Tamils and an international probe into the alleged war crimes.

Film activity in Tamil Nadu came to a standstill as artistes, directors, producers, distributors and exhibitors participate in the hunger strike being held at the premises of South Indian Film Artists’ Association in Chennai.

Noted personalities, including actor Rajnikanth, South Indian Film Artistes’ Association president R. Sarathkumar, Ajith Kumar and Surya, are part of the agitation. These personalities of the Tamil celluloid world are the latest to stage a protest over the issue, which has generated heat in the state in recent weeks with various sections of people including students taking to the streets.

Sarathkumar, 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 were likely to pass few resolutions later in the day on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.