AIADMK leaders and supporters are angry over Vijay’s film ‘Sarkar’.
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.
Jayalalithaa’s fans claim scenes showing mixers and fans being set on fire are an obvious reference to her announcing freebies during election campaigns in 2011.
On Friday, the makers have reportedly agreed to remove or mute controversial portions critical of Tamil Nadu’s AIADMK government after two ministers levelled sedition charges against them. Sarkar director AR Murugadoss has sought anticipatory bail, while the Madras High Court will hear it this afternoon.
Here are the updates of the Sarkar movie row:
Filmmaker AR Murugadoss was sent a legal notice by the Tamil Nadu health department, the producer of the film and Vijay for promoting smoking in the film. The posters, released as the first look, showed the actor smoking a cigar.
State minister Kadambur C Raju and Shanmugam 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.
Furthermore, the AIADMK along with senior party leaders also supported both the lawmakers, demanding that the contentious scenes be deleted from the movie.
AIADMK leaders and workers on Thursday protested outside a multiplex in Madurai against the film. “We will continue to protest outside theatres till the controversial scenes and dialogues are removed,” said AIADMK lawmaker, Rajan Chellappa.
Tamil Nadu law minister CV Shanmugam had compared superstar Vijay’s film ‘Sarkar’ to a “terrorist” activity. Condemning the film, Mr Shanmugam said, “Through this movie, an attempt has been made to instigate violence in society. It is not less than a terrorist instigating people for violence.”
He had threatened to “take action against the actor and the team” and alleged that the film “attempts to pull down a democratically elected government.”