Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

AIADMK arm-twists 'Sarkar' makers, Vijay's film re-released with changes

AIADMK arm-twists 'Sarkar' makers, Vijay's film re-released with changes

If they (the makers) remove these scenes, then it is good.

The other reason for the ruling party opposing the movie is the name of a character "Komalavalli" which they say is the birth name of their late leader Jayalalithaa. However, the Madras High Court has told the police to refrain from arresting the filmmaker till November 27.

With a total earning of Rs 47.85 crore on the day of its release, Vijay's Sarkar broke multiple records such the highest opener in Chennai, the highest opening in all of Kerala, highest opening for a Tamil film in Karnataka, Australia and the UK. The orders were passed following an anticipatory bail application moved by him apprehending arrest by the Central Crime Branch police. "So the issue has come to an end".

"The protests will not continue", he said.

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Raju said "AIADMK workers, ranging from supporters to Chief Minister (K Palaniswami)", treat Jayalalithaa as "God". Also a woman character's name, apparently referring to the late AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa, was muted after backlash from the ruling party workers.

According to trade analysts, the film is unstoppable in the US. A Sun Pictures production with music by A. R. Rahman, this Keerthy Suresh and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar starrer has a scene where director A. R. Murugadoss is seen throwing away a mixer featuring one of the film's antagonists and veteran actor Pala.

On Thursday, the AIADMK was up in arms against "Sarkar" with senior state ministers demanding deletion of the contentious scenes, besides threatening to initiate legal action if the film crew failed to comply. Meanwhile, the makers of the film have reportedly agreed to make four cuts in the film. The scene is a swipe at the freebie culture that exists in Tamil Nadu.

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