When Vijay Sethupathi has been caught under unprecedented flak after he confirmed that he would be acting in Muthiah Muralidharan's biopic '800', Tamil Nadu BJP leader Annamalai and popular actress Radikaa Sarathkumar have come in support of the actor, who is yet to furnish his response for the demand from the Tamil fraternities to drop from acting the movie.
The main reason why the actor was pushed to face a strong setback from the Tamil people is that Muthiah Muralidharan, post his retirement from cricket, has become an ardent supporter of Sinhala leaders Rajapaksas, who executed genocide, human rights violations, and killed over a lakh of Tamil people who lived in the Northern province of the island nation during the final stage of the civil war.
While the Tweeple have been trending the hashtags and voicing against the actor with rising stardom, Tamil Nadu BJP Vice-President Annamalai had come in support of Vijay Sethupathi. While addressing the reporters in Palani on Thursday, Annamalai said it's nothing wrong that Vijay Sethupathi is acting in the biopic of Muthiah Muralidharan and an artist has all rights to act in cinema.
By citing that acting in the biopic is Vijay Sethupathi's own decision and right, the BJP leader has appealed not to mix politics in his right and in the movie. Apart from Annamalai, reputed actress Radikaa Sarathkumar had also supported Vijay Sethupathi and pressed that the actor shouldn't be curbed from acting.
Taking to Twitter on Friday, Radikaa Sarathkumar had asked why no questions were raised against Sunrisers Hyderabad, owned by Kalanithi Maran, which has roped in Muralidharan as the coach of the team and she has asked the critics who voiced against Vijay Sethupathi whether these people don't have any work. By pressing that Vijay Sethupathi is an actor and don't curb him, she asked why not our film industry looks at entertainment away from a political viewpoint. She further stated that her intention of the tweet was not to create any room for controversies but was to support the film industry and the connected artists within prejudices.
Radikaa's response has come a day after veteran director Bharathiraja had asked Vijay Sethupathi to refrain from acting in the biopic. In his statement that Bharathiraja had released on Thursday, the ace director has called Muthiah Muralidharan as a traitor, who relished when the people from his own community had got killed and stated that the retired cricketer has completely supported the Sinhala leaders.
By calling Muralidharan as the betrayer, Bharathiraja said the Tamil race will never forgive betrayers. Along with Bharathiraja, Naam Tamilar Katchi Chief Seeman, Viduthalai Siruthaigal Katchi Chief Thol. Thirumavalan, reputed lyrist Vairamuthu, directors Cheran and Seenu Ramasamy, and some of the fraternities had voiced against the actor and called him to drop the movie.
However, Vijay Sethupathi is yet to respond to the growing demands. The biopic film has been titled as '800' to mark the number of wickets taken by Muralidharan in the test cricket. Directed by MS Sripathy, the biopic will be covering the struggles faced by the spinner and how he rose to popularity and become one of the legendary cricketers in history.
#muthaiyamuralitharan biopic &asking @VijaySethuOffl not to act😡do these people hav no work??why not ask @SunRisers why he is the head coach, team belongs to a Tamilian with political affiliations?VSP is an actor, and do not curb an actor. VSP&cricket both don’t warrant nonsense— Radikaa Sarathkumar (@realradikaa) October 16, 2020
The owners of #Sunrisers, & #SunTV, though they have political affiliations, all these decades they could distinctly & professionally handle politics, sports & entertainment with due credits. Why not our film industry look at entertainment away from political view point. 1/2— Radikaa Sarathkumar (@realradikaa) October 16, 2020
my intention of that tweet was not to create any room for controversies but was to support the film industry and the connected artists within prejudices. That's why I brought in #Sunrisers name as a testimony of non biased, neutral and professional approach— Radikaa Sarathkumar (@realradikaa) October 16, 2020