Chennai, Nov 9:
At long last, the producers of the ‘Sarkar’ film, have removed the controversial scenes in the film, after the AIADMK vehement protests organised throughout the country since Thursday.
Meanwhile, the film Director A.R.Murugadoss had sought anticipatory bail from the Madras High Court, fearing that he will be arrested.
The removal of the controversial scenes follows, after several AIADMK Ministers and cadres have decided to take immediate legal action against the film producer and actor Vijay for allegedly trying to malign former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.
Revenue Minister R.B. Udaykumar thanked the Sarkar team, following their decision to cut down the controversial scenes from today and promised scenes of the nature would not be filmed in future.
The production team of Vijay-starrer Sarkar on Thursday agreed to remove controversial scenes from the movie after All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam workers protested outside some movie theatres in Madurai, Chennai and Coimbatore.
The party’s workers tried to stop the shows scheduled to be screened at 2.30 pm in three theatres in Madurai. “We will continue to protest outside theatres till the controversial scenes and dialogues aren’t removed,” AIADMK MLA VV Rajan Chellappa said. “We appeal to exhibitors not to show it”. Protests were also reported from Chennai and Coimbatore, where agitators tore up movie posters outside a theatre demanding that scenes be removed immediately..
In a song called Oruviral Puratchi, people are shown throwing mixer grinders and wet grinders gifted by the government into a fire. Former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa used to provide these items free of cost in line with an electoral promise made in 2011.
“The scenes relating to burning of government welfare amount to inciting violence,” said Law Minister CV Shanmugham. “Whether it is the producer [Sun Pictures] or the actor [Vijay], or theatres – they will have to face action.”
State Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar demanded legal action against the film’s crew and asked why the scenes had been incorporated into the script. “Why unnecessarily make such references?” he asked. “It shows vendetta and an attempt at maligning [Jayalalithaa].” Jayakumar said the villain in the movie is a character named Komalavalli, which was Jayalalithaa’s real name. However, Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam leader TTV Dhinakaran said it was false.
The filmmakers have decided to mute the name Komalavalli, Cinema Express reported. The scene where the government’s freebies are set ablaze will also be removed.Tamil Nadu Information and Publicity Minister Kadambur C Raju had asked the filmmakers on Wednesday to remove scenes showing people throwing freebies provided by the state government into a fire.