Tamil Nadu ministers have come out against AR Murugadoss, Director of “Sarkar” and actor Vijay objecting to certain scenes and dialogues in the movie and have demanded their removal.
Vijay’s latest outing has stirred up a controversy with a Tamil Nadu minister demanding that some scenes be changed. State Information and Publicity minister Kadambur C Raju demanded that some scenes be changed as they were a direct pointer to some of the welfare schemes [freebies] started by the AIADMK under Jayalalithaa. The film opened to a mixed response on Tuesday.
The minister has said that if the filmmakers did not comply, then he will be forced to intervene and seek Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palanisamy’s help.
Sarkar is produced by Sun TV Network Chairman Kalanithi Maran for Sun Pictures. It is directed by AR Murugadoss.
The much awaited Thalapathi Vijay starrer has been embroiled in one controversy or the other. First came piracy threats but thankfully that did not happen. Then there was former Health Minister Anbumani Ramdoss slamming Vijay over his smoking scenes in the film. Story writer Jeya Mohan had also threatened to sue Murugadoss over rights of the story line. He had demanded Rs.30 lakhs more. That issue was also sorted out and due credit was given to Jeya Mohan at the end of the titles. And now after all these hiccups comes the fresh salvo by Minister Raju.
The film is a political drama and is expected to be a sort of launching pad for Vijay as he mulls stepping into the Tamilnadu political arena.
According to latest reports Madurai has witnessed protests against the movie and the 2.30 pm shows in 3 theatres has been called off. It is expected that the 4.30 pm shows will be resumed without any problem.
An activist from Chennai has filed a sedition complaint against ‘Sarkar’ claiming that the film instigates violence against the state government.
AIADMK’s main grouse against the film is that Sun Pictures owned by the Maran brothers is out to tarnish the image of their leader and party.