Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Rajinikanth condemns unlawful acts against Tamil film 'Sarkar'

Rajinikanth condemns unlawful acts against Tamil film 'Sarkar'

"Sarkar" director AR Murugadoss moved the Madras High Court seeking anticipatory bail.

If the grapevine is anything to go by, "Sarkar" team has agreed to mute scenes that have been termed controversial.

Earlier in the day, Tamil "Superstar" Rajinikanth threw his weight behind Vijay, questioning the AIADMK's rationale in protesting against a film certified by the censor board.

On Thursday, a complaint was also filed with the Chennai city police commissioner urging him to take action against director AR Murugadoss under section 124A (Sedition) of the IPC for insulting the state government.

The AIADMK's objection was to the scene that showed the actor throwing out mixie and grinder - given free by the government to the poor - into the fire. They also said that the objectionable content was already censored by the makers.

Also, the audio part mentioning the name Komalavalli, deemed to be a reference to Jayalalithaa, will be 'muted, ' they said. Many AIADMK ministers and party cadres were visibly unhappy with certain scenes in the film as they felt that the film was an attack on the former chief minister, J Jayalalithaa.

The removal of the scenes prompted Raju to declare that the "issue has come to an end" and that the AIADMK would not hold anymore protests.

Scenes showing people burning freebies like mixers and grinders had been removed.

According to trade analysts, the film is unstoppable in the US. It attracted severe criticism from AIADMK with the law minister C Ve Shanmugam threatening legal action against the movie if the controversial scenes are not deleted. Head of the Tamil Nadu Theatres Association Abirami Ramanathan confirmed to TNM about the cuts carried out in the movie.

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