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Sarkar makers to delete controversial scenes after AIADMK protests


Filmmaker AR Murugadoss’s recently-released flick Sarkar starring Vijay is facing backlash from the AIADMK government. Many senior ministers of the party took offence to the content shown in the film and claim that Sarkar is showing the government in poor light.

AIADMK cadres staged protests outside theatres in Madurai, Coimbatore and Chennai. They indulged in tearing down the banners and set them ablaze in front of the theatres.

After much furore, the makers of Sarkar have decided to remove a few controversial scenes from the film.

Tirupur Subramaniam, the president of Tamil Nadu Theatre Association confirmed the same and said, “I spoke to Sun Pictures team and as a norm whenever there are controversial scenes or scenes that hurt the public sentiment in the film, we talk to the team asking them to remove it. So, we spoke to Sun Pictures and they have agreed to delete scenes like freebies (mixie and grinder) being set to fire and usage of name Komalavalli. The final edit will be completed by today morning and with the permission of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), the film will be screened to the audience. The edited version will be screened in theatres from today afternoon.”

However, Sun Pictures is yet to issue a statement on their behalf regarding the removal of scenes.

Meanwhile, Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan have defended Sarkar team and pointed out that the film was certified by CBFC before the screening.

Kamal Haasan, actor and party chief of Makkal Needhi Maiam, took to Twitter to share, “It is not new for this government to pressurise a film like Sarkar, which was certified by the board. A government that cannot take criticism will derail. Commercialised politicians will fall down and good people will taste victory soon.”

Rajinikanth, on his part, posted his opinion on the ongoing controversy on his Twitter account. He wrote, “The censor board has censored and certified the film properly. After the certification, protesting for the removal of scenes, stopping the film’s screening and destroying the film banners are against the law. I strongly condemn this act. “

Senior leaders of AIADMK claim that Sarkar is a film against the ruling government and is aimed at inciting violence in the state.

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