‘Sarkar’ saga: Makers agree to drop controversial scenes from the film

Some senior AIADMK ministers also demanded the deletion of the contentious scenes from ‘Sarkar’ film and warned the makers of legal action.


Chennai| Following a strong opposition by the AIADMK, the makers ‘Sarkar’ starring south superstar Vijay has reportedly considering the removal of “objectionable” scenes. The makers are also ready to “mute” an apparent reference to the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

Though ‘Sarkar’ continued a successful run at the box office, some of the scenes in the movie referring to the late AIADMK matriarch and criticising the welfare schemes launched by the party triggered a backlash. The AIADMK party workers staged protests in the state capital Chennai and Coimbatore region outside theatres. The banners of the film and that of Vijay were burned by some alleged AIADMK supporters. Some also staged a sit-in protest outside the movie theatres.

Some senior AIADMK ministers also demanded the deletion of the contentious scenes. They also warned the makers of legal action if the scenes are not removed.

M Subramaniam, president, West Zone Theatre Owners’ Association, said they had spoken to Sun Pictures and the film’s Tamil Nadu distributor, and told them that the movie cannot be screened with objectionable scenes. “They said they will sit at the editing table on Thursday night and edit the scenes. Following a letter (of approval) from the Censor Board, we will start screening the edited version from Friday from the matinee show (2:30 pm),” he told news agency.

On the other hand, TTV Dhinakaran denied that there was any reference to the late J Jayalalitha in the movie. however, he slammed the ‘Sarkar’ team, saying there was commercial intent behind the controversies. “You know who the producers are,” he said. The movie is produced by Sun Pictures, owned by the Maran brothers of the DMK’s extended first family.




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