Chennai, Oct 15 (PTI) Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi is
facing opposition over him signing up to play the lead role in
the Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan biopic ''800''
with some political parties in Tamil Nadu on Thursday alleging
that the sports star was a betrayer of the Tamils.
MDMK general secretary Vaiko alleged Muralitharan has
been "identified as a betrayer of the Tamil race" by Tamils
around the world for supporting the then Sri Lankan president
Mahinda Rajapaksa during the 2009 civil war.
When Tamil mothers in the island nation staged a hunger
strike on disappearance of thousands of Tamil men, he offended
them by dismissing the protest as drama, Vaiko, also a Rajya
Sabha MP, alleged and asked the actor to avoid the blame of
acting in the movie that intended toportray a ''betrayer''.
Pattali Makkal Kathi founder leader S Ramadoss said the
news on Sethupathi playing the role of Muralitharan was
The actor should not support a history of ''betrayal'' out
of ''ignorance'', he said and alleged that the cricketer was a
''betrayer'' of the Tamils and a loyalist of the Rajapaksa
Naam Tamizhar Katchi top leader Seeman wondered if a movie
on Muralitharan a ''betrayer'' and a ''stooge'' of the Sinhalese
could be screened in Tamil Nadu.
He urged the actor to disassociate himself from the flick
immediately in deference to the sentiments of the Tamil people
spread across the globe.
Veteran Tamil filmmaker Bharathirajaa said if Sethupathi
avoided acting in the movie he would be remembered with
gratitude by the Tamil people everywhere.
"The Tamil race will never forgive betrayers," he said.
On October 8, the actor announced on his twitter handle:
"Honoured to be a part of this landmark project. Update soon."
Following the announcement, social media was flooded with
posts against the actor reprising the career of the cricketer
and there were also many posts that supported him.
On Wednesday, Dar Motion Pictures, the producers of the
film said ''800'' was only a sports biography flick that
intended to capture the journey of a man from the migrant
Tamil community going on to become the highest wicket taker of
"The film does not make any political statement favouring
any community.This film is intended to be an inspiration for
the young generation to achieve their dreams irrespective of
the difficulties they come across in their journey.
"We assure that this film will not showcase any scenes
that would belittle the struggles of Eelam Tamils in Srilanka
or hurt their sentiments in any way," it said.
Also, the movie house said Tamil film fraternity of Sri
Lanka would be engaged to showcase their talents on a global
stage. PTI VGN
Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI
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