Sarkar controversy: Madras High Court restrains state police from arresting film director AR Murugadoss


Tamil Nadu politics turned ugly on Thursday night after a sensational tweet by Sun Pictures, the makers of controversial film Sarkar, said that cops had arrived at the residence of film director AR Murugadoss to arrest him. Its tweet read, “Police reach director AR Murugadoss residence to arrest him.”

Photo: Sun Pictures

Its subsequent tweet read, “After enquiring about A.R.Murugadoss’ whereabouts police have left his residence since he was not there.”Murugadoss himself took to the microblogging site to confirm that cops had indeed arrived at his house. His tweet also rubbished the police claim that cops had visited the film director’s residence to provide him protection. His tweet read, “Police had come to my house late tonight and banged the door several times.Since I was not there they left the premises. Right now I was told there is no police outside my house.”

A day later, the Madras High Court restrained the state police from arresting AR Murugadoss till 27 November. Meanwhile, the makers of the film have reportedly agreed to make four cuts in the film.

The controversy started after Sarkar starring Vijay hit cinemas on Tuesday, evoking angry reactions from the Tamil Nadu’s EPS government. Many AIADMK ministers and party cadres were visibly unhappy with certain scenes in the film as they felt that the film was an attack on the former chief minister, J Jayalalithaa. A police complaint too was filed against Murugadoss as protesters demanded removal of controversial scenes.

Tamil Nadu Law minister CV Shanmugam was quoted by Times Now, “Through this movie, an attempt is made to instigate violence in society. It is not less than a terrorist instigating people for violence. It attempts to pull down a democratically elected government. We will take action against the actor and the team.”

However, the film has found support from the DMK with its leader Sarvanan expressed his displeasure on the AIADMK calling the filmmaker Naxal.

Vijay’s last film Mersal had courted controversylast year as the BJP took offence to certain scenes on the newly rolled out GST. In the controversial scene, Vijay was seen lashing out at the establishment while slamming the GST. In his monologue, Vijay was seen referring to Singapore, which levies only 7% GST and can afford to provide free healthcare services. However, India is unable to provide the same while levying a 28% GST. An angry Vijay, while speaking to reporters in the film, also talked about the children’s deaths in Gorakhpur hospital.





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