Followed by the enormous number of fans, Tamil cinema celebrities started raising voice against the upcoming project of Vijay Sethupathi. A hashtag saying “Shame on Vijaysethupathi” trended in the micro blogging social media site after the motion poster of project “800” released in youtube. The only motto of all those who are opposing the project is to make Vijay Sethupathi leave the project. They doesn’t want him to represent the flag of Sri lanka and Muralidharan who once said that Sri lanka is his priority.
The motion poster of “800” released on youtube on Tuesday and is being viewed by the enormous number of Tamil cinema fans. The 76 seconds motion poster showed the glimpse of what are going to take place in the movie. It contained the struggles faced by the Tamil nadu based Muttiah Muralitharan in his childhood in an animated format. At the end of the poster, the makers surprised the audience by morphing the face of Vijay Sethupathi as Muttiah Muralitharan.
Director Cheran who is expected to collaborate with Vijay Sethupathi in near future, posted a tweet suggesting Vijay to leave the project. “Tamizh people from the entire world wants you to leave “800”. This film is not bigger than the people who helped you to grow, their feelings and the incident where people of Tamil Eelam died. Leave it. There are Thousands of roles waiting for your acting skills” he wrote in his tweet.
@VijaySethuOffl உலகம் முழுவதுமிருந்து தமிழர்களின் வேண்டுகோள் 800 வேண்டாம் என.. உங்களை வாழவைத்த மக்களைவிட, உணர்வை விட, தமிழ் ஈழ மக்களின் உயிர்போன கொடும் நிகழ்வை விட இந்தப்படம் பெரிதல்ல சகோதரா.. விட்டுவிடுங்கள். உங்களின் நடிப்புத்தீனிக்கு ஆயிரம் கதாபாத்திரங்கள் காத்திருக்கிறது. pic.twitter.com/o0raxEercb— Cheran (@directorcheran) October 14, 2020
Popular lyricist Thamarai released a press statement saying that Muttiah Muralidharan is a person who celebrated Tamil genocide. She wanted Vijay Sethupathi to leave the project for his own good. Thamarai said that the history would remember him like it is remembering “Ettappan” if he accepts to do the project. Muttiah Muralitharan is a historic spittle which should be spitted out. “We should not let it soak us” Thamarai said in her long statement.
She further suggested Vijay Sethupathi to do the role of LTTE leader Prabhakaran and said that the history will celebrate him. “Your looks resembles someone else. Do that and see how history remembers you. I have uploaded the photos, look yourself in the mirror and get ready” she said in her statement.
Producer Suresh Kamatchi expressed similar concern over the project “800”. “I believe Vijay Sethupathi would leave the project. We have to ive him time” he said in his tweet.
எந்தவகையிலும் இனத்துரோகியின் வடிவத்தை விஜய் சேதுபதி ஏற்கக்கூடாது. இதுவே ஒட்டுமொத்த தமிழர்களின் வேண்டுகோள். நிச்சயம் #800 படத்திலிருந்து தன்னை விடுவித்துக் கொள்வார் என்ற நம்பிக்கை எனக்கு உள்ளது. அவருக்கு, அதற்கான அவகாசத்தை தரவேண்டியது நம் கடமை.— sureshkamatchi (@sureshkamatchi) October 14, 2020
Popular actor Mansoor Ali Khan said that he won’t let the film release in the theatres of Tamil nadu.
செல்ல பிள்ளையா எங்களுக்கு இருக்கனும். கேடுகெட்டவன் முத்தையா முரளிதரன்…தூக்கி போடுங்க எவ்ளோ வேண்ணா சம்பாதிக்கலாம் நீங்க….— Sonia Arunkumar (@rajakumaari) October 15, 2020
எங்கள் பிணத்தின் மீது தான் இந்த படத்தை வெளியிட நேரிடும். எந்த தியாட்டர்லையும் இந்த படத்தை ஓட விட மாட்டோம். : மன்சூர் அலிகான் விஜய்சேதுபதிக்கு கண்டனம்.
Veteran filmmaker Bharathi Raja also released the press statement suggesting Vijay sethupathi to leave the project. The filmmaker said that Muttiah Muralitharan is a person who supported the Sri lankan government when Tamil people got killed by them.
According to reports, the project is going to be bankrolled by Movietrain motion pictures and Dar motion pictures.The motion poster shows Sam CS of Vikram Vedha, Kaithi fame as the composer. The film is titled as “800” in a way of referring the number of wickets taken by the spinner in his test match career. He is the highest wicket taker in the history of test match cricket. He also happens to be the first cricketer to reach 1000 wickets milestone in International cricket. Overall he took 1347 wickets in his cricketing career which spanned nearly 20 years and most importantly he is one of very few Tamil speaking foreign cricketers.
A press statement from the production side of “800” has been released. They said that the film is purely based on the sports perspective of the veteran’s life and added that they are not going to hurt the sentiments of Tamil people and added that they are not intended to belittle the struggles of Eelam Tamils in Srilanka.
Here’s the press statement from the producers of “800”:
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