Tamil Nadu Information Ministers Kadambur Janardhanan, Law Ministger C V Shanmugham and Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar have objected to top star Vijay’s latest film Sarkar over its criticism of the Government’s freebies like mixies and grinders given to people as poll sops and asked the producer to remove these scenes.
The film, produced by Kalanidhi Maran of Sun Pictures and released on Deepavali day, shows Vijay as a CEO who returns to India to find his vote has been cast by an impersonator and sets out to correct the system.
The Ministers particularly took exception the scene when people were seen making bonfire of the mixies and grinders given to them to make them vote for the AIADMK.
There are several other scenes talking of rampant corruption in transportl, electricity and public works departments and several agitations in Tamil Nadu.
Janardhan and C V Shanmugham have confined their objection only to the criticism of the freebie schemes. They have warned action if these scenes are not removed.
Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar has said the passing of former Chief Minister J Jayalaliltha emboldened the producers to make such films. Jayakumar has referred to one of the character in the film being named Komalavalli, the family name of Jayalalitha.
The Ministers have said such motivated criticism of the AIADMK is aimed at boosting Vijay’s political ambition.
The producer cannot antagonise the State authorities as Tamil Rockers, a forbidden Tamil from portal has pirated Sarkar and released it world wide though it is blocked in India. It is the Tamil Nadu police’s cyber crime branch which can take action on video piracy.
Before its release, director A C Murugadoss made a compromise with a script writer who alleged his story has been plagiarised, by giving him credit in the titles.
This is the second Vijay film in a row to run into trouble. Earlier Mercel drew the ire of the BJP over criticism of demonetisation and GST and these scenes were eventually removed by the producer under pressure.