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Sarkar movie controversy: AIADMK criticises Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan's support for Vijay's film

In Tamil Nadu Sarkar row: Madras HC restrains Tamil Nadu police from arresting AR Murugadoss
Michele Schwartz | 11 November, 2018, 15:13

The producer of the film, Sun Pictures, has said that controversial scenes from the film have been removed.

Vijay's Sarkar has finally given up under the huge pressure from the ruling AIADMK and its makers have agreed to edit parts of the movie seen critical of the ruling party, and former chief minister J Jayalalithaa who died in 2016.

One scene from the film involves the burning of freebies, like mixers, grinders and fans, which were distributed by the erstwhile Jayalalithaa-regime.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Saturday took a dig at the film industry when asked about the controversy surrounding Vijay-starrer "Sarkar".

A day later, the Madras High Court restrained the state police from arresting AR Murugadoss till 27 November. "We will take action against the actor and the team".

The AIADMK newspaper responded, "Superstar, please give a frank and proper response". The article also defended the freebie scheme started by Jayalalithaa.

A name said to be referring to Jayalalithaa was used for a negative character and therefore the opposition to it was "wholehearted" from the party workers, he added.Revenue Minister Udhayakumar thanked the "Sarkar" crew for removing the scenes.

He had "strongly condemned" the demands for deletion of scenes in the film.

Produced by Sun Pictures, the film stars Vijay and Keerthi Suresh in key roles with Oscar victor A R Rahman scoring the music.

Tamil Nadu Law minister CV Shanmugam was quoted by Times Now, "Through this movie, an attempt is made to instigate violence in society".

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