Vijay Sethupathi Got Replaced By This Actor In “800”!!

Written by Surithi J Published on Apr 17, 2023 | 20:30 PM IST | 133

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Vijay Sethupathi got replaced by the Actor Madhurr Mittal in the film “800” – a biopic of the famous Srilankan Cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan. On the occasion of Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan’s birthday, the makers of the upcoming biopic “800” released the first look poster of the film, featuring Madhurr Mittal as Muralitharan.

Vijay Sethupathi

The movie, directed by MS Sripathy, is titled after the record number of wickets taken by Muralitharan in test cricket and is set to release in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi. Madhurr Mittal, known for his role in “Slumdog Millionaire,” expressed his excitement to play the cricket legend on Instagram.

Muttiah Muralitharan

The upcoming biopic “800” is based on the life of Muttiah Muralitharan, one of the greatest cricketers in history.  The movie is named after the record number of wickets taken by Muralitharan in test cricket. The first look poster of the film was released on the cricketer’s birthday, featuring Madhurr Mittal in the role of Muralitharan.

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Muralitharan was born on April 17, 1972, in Kandy, Sri Lanka. He started playing cricket at the age of 12 and quickly developed a reputation as a prodigious talent. Despite facing challenges due to his unusual bowling style, Muralitharan continued to hone his craft and eventually became one of the most successful cricketers in history.

Cricketer Muralidharan

Throughout his career, Muralitharan faced numerous controversies, including accusations of chucking, or throwing the ball, during his bowling action. He was cleared of these allegations, but they continued to follow him throughout his career. In addition, Muralitharan was involved in political controversies due to his perceived support for the Sri Lankan government during the country’s civil war.

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In 2020, the makers of “800” announced that actor Vijay Sethupathi would play the role of Muralitharan. However, the casting was met with backlash from some Tamil nationalists and politicians who opposed Sethupathi’s portrayal of the cricketer. They cited Muralitharan’s perceived support for the Sri Lankan government during the civil war as the reason for their opposition.

Madhurr Mittal

Muralitharan himself defended his actions, stating that he never disrespected Eelam Tamils and pointing out his own Tamil background. However, some footage and news reports suggested that he had supported the Sri Lankan government and made insensitive remarks towards the end of the civil war.

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As a result of the controversy,  Vijay Sethupathi ultimately decided to drop out of the project, and Madhurr Mittal was cast in the role of Muralitharan. The release of the movie has been eagerly awaited by cricket fans and movie enthusiasts alike.


Muttiah Muralitharan’s career spanned over two decades, during which he became the highest wicket-taker in both Test and ODI cricket. He was a master of spin bowling, and his unconventional action made him one of the most difficult bowlers to face for batsmen around the world.

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Muralitharan’s achievements on the field were recognized with numerous accolades and awards, including Wisden Cricketer of the Year, the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year, and the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian awards. He was also inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2019, cementing his place in the pantheon of cricketing greats.

Sony Music South has officially released the first look poster of the film and wrote, “The untold story of a legend who spun his way to the top. Starring #MadhurrMittal as #MuthiahMuralidaran, #800MotionPoster”.

Despite his success on the field, Muralitharan faced numerous challenges off the field. His career was marred by controversies and political disputes, and he often found himself caught between conflicting interests.However, Muralitharan remains an inspiration to millions of people around the world, both for his achievements on the field and his perseverance in the face of adversity. The biopic “800” promises to bring his story to life in a way that will inspire future generations of cricketers and fans alike.

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On the whole, the upcoming biopic “800” is an eagerly awaited film that tells the story of one of cricket’s greatest legends, Muttiah Muralitharan. Despite facing numerous controversies and challenges throughout his career, Muralitharan remains an inspiration to millions of people around the world. Despite the controversy, “800” is set for release in theaters soon.


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