Chennai, Jan 14: After Kamal Haasan’s open support to Jallikattu, the popular and ancient bull-taming sport, played usually around Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu, superstar Rajinikanth on Friday extended his support for the the traditional sport. He said it must be held as it is part of Tamil culture. Also Read - Bigg Boss Tamil 4: Kamal Haasan Welcomes 16 Celebrities as Contestants

Speaking to IANS at  the Vikatan Film Awards, Rajinikanth stated that “Bring in whatever rules but Jallikattu must be held to keep up the traditions of our Tamil culture.” Also Read - Kamal Haasan on SP Balasubrahmanyam Health Condition: Can’t Say He is Doing Well

Lately, superstar Kamal Haasan openly battled for Jallikattu. Speaking at the India Today conclave 2017, Kamal Haasan was quoted stating,”It is not jallikattu as it was earlier called yerithazuvudal, which means to embrace the bull. I am one of the very few actors to have played jallikattu and I want it to be allowed. If jallikattu has to be banned, why not ban biryani?” Also Read - Tuticorin Custodial Deaths: Kamal Haasan Slams 'Prime Accused' Tamil Nadu Government, Chief Minister

Apart from Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, many other Tamil superstars have been recently speaking in support of Jallikattu. Superstar Surya was quoted saying that “Jallikattu is the tradition of Tamils and it should not be banned.”

Actress and producer Khushbu Sundar also spoke in favor of Jallikattu and she stated that “As a true blooded Chennai-ite, I have been living here for the last 30 years and I personally feel that we need jallikattu. It is not just about the traditions, but about the misconception that people in the North have about the bull.”

In May 2014, the apex court put a ban on this practice due to animal welfare issues. However, on January 8 last year, Indian Government passed an order that Jallikattu should not be included in the ban of the activities using the bulls and thus the ban was reversed. But then again on January 14 the same year, the court continued with its ban and that caused the protests against the ban.

(With inputs from IANS)