Movie Sarkar, a political thriller starring actor Vijay, swept the box office and minted over Rs.100 crores within two days of its opening. But the movie has run into trouble over some scenes that allegedly attacked late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s welfare schemes.
Tamil Nadu law minister CV Shanmugam on Thursday compared superstar Vijay’s film ‘Sarkar’ to a “terrorist” activity.
State ministers CV Shanmugam and Kadambur C Raju had objected to scenes showing the state government giving away mixer grinders to voters and people burning pre-election freebies, besides a number of dialogues critical of the government. However, the production house — Sun Pictures — is yet to make a formal announcement on the cuts.
“They are showing freebies given by the elected government being burnt. This amounts to indirectly inciting people, and comes under sedition,” said Mr Shanmugam, comparing the screening of Sarkar to a “terrorist activity”.
Yesterday, Mr Raju had threatened to take action unless the objectionable scenes were removed. Theatre owners also put pressure on Sun Pictures to delete the contentious portions after their establishments were targeted by AIADMK supporters.
Reports suggested that certain scenes show grinder, mixers and fans being burnt, seen as an obvious reference to the late Jayalalithaa’s flagship schemes of providing these items free of cost, in line with an electoral promise in 2011.
AIADMK workers staged a protest outside a theatre in Madurai demanding that certain scenes be removed. A show was also cancelled. Workers said they would not allow the film to be screened till “derogatory” scenes and dialogues were removed, the police said.
At some movie halls in Coimbatore and Chennai, banners of the film and that of Vijay were damaged allegedly by AIADMK supporters. Some AIADMK workers staged a sit-in at a theatre in Coimbatore seeking a ban on the film. In Chennai’s prominent movie hall Kasi theater’s cut out of Vijay also damaged by ADMK supporters it is alleged.
As the problem reached its extreme the production house of the film Sun Pictures came up with a official press release which accepted to remove the scenes. The press release roughly translated as “Due to the violence staged by ruling party at cinema theatres, protesting to remove particular scenes in “Sarkar”, Distributors and the owners of the theatres requested us to make a move. Also concerning the safety of audience we are announcing that particulars scenes in the movie “Sarkar” has been removed”
— Sun Pictures (@sunpictures) November 9, 2018
This is one of a important decisions made by the production crew which we never expected. Lets hope the agitation in the state regarding this movie somes to an end with this announcement.
Check out some the reactions :
— Thalapathy Dhinesh (@dhinesh_vfcc) November 9, 2018
Nee eduthukoo idhu already worldwide reached 😎😎😎 pic.twitter.com/EW5ssIC8k6
— Abees VJ🤘🏻 (@AbeesVJ) November 9, 2018
— Sam“““\\\ (@Samsonr_off) November 9, 2018
— Raj Athi Ruban (@rajathiruban) November 9, 2018
— 🗡தளபதிகீர்த்தி🗡 (@Keerthivijay55) November 9, 2018
only in theatres but tvla podum pothu songsla ellam atha kaatanum
— ஜய் Sarkar (@jaiponting10) November 9, 2018
It is also said that police officers of Chennai went to A.R Murugadoss house to arrest him and they left after knowing that he is not in home. As the film got verified by the censor board and since there is no FIR against A.R Murugadoss there is no source for Police officers to arrest the director. Other side it is also said that it is a normal patrol rounds from Police officers not something targeting the director.
The director of the movie AR Murugadoss has moved the Madras High Court seeking anticipatory bail today morning, following the huge controversy. Reportedly, several members of the AIADMK party protested outside various movie theatres.
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