Chennai: Tamil actor Vijay Sethupati has announced the release of the film amid ongoing controversy over the life of Sri Lankan bowler Muthiah Muralitharan. Setupathi said he made the decision after Muralitharan’s appeal. The actor issued a statement saying that Muralitharan said that he should not act in the film as it would harm his acting life.
Sri Lankan bowler Muralitharan’s biopic ‘800’ has been the subject of controversy for the past few days. Vijay Sethupati Muthiya, a veteran actor in the Tamil film industry, has to play the role of Muralitharan in the film, after which he too started protesting. There were protests against him in Tamil Nadu. Given this, the actor finally decided to leave the film.
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Muralitharan broke the silence
Muttiah Muralitharan has issued a statement breaking the silence on the dispute. He says, ‘When the filmmaker approached me, I wasn’t ready for it. Then I thought the film would contribute to my family’s struggles, the contributions of my coaches and the people involved in my life. My family started life with a tea garden. The 30-year civil war has had a profound effect on Tamils living in the region. The film ‘800’ shows how I overcame these problems and succeeded in cricket.
Muralitharan further wrote, ‘I am sorry for the Tamil Nadu controversy over my film. My statement was misinterpreted. I don’t want the career of any great actor to be influenced by me. So I have requested Vijay Sethupathi to release the film. I have overcome every obstacle in my life and never given up. I too will overcome this obstacle. The actor informed me that he will announce the film soon. According to sources, the film will be directed by MS Sripati and the music will be composed by Sam CS.
The cause of the dispute
Muttiah Muralitharan opposed the support of the government and the Tamil terrorist organization LTTE during the Sri Lankan civil war. His film is being opposed for this. His anti-LTTE rhetoric has created an atmosphere in the Tamil film industry against Muralitharan’s biopic.