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Sarkar controversy: Mixer- grinder and Komala - things AIADMK wanted pruned from the movie

The Madras High Court has granted Sarkar’s director Murugadoss protection from arrest till November 27.

india Updated: Nov 09, 2018 20:48 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chennai
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AIADMK ministers and party cadres protest the release of actor Vijay's latest Tamil film "Sarkar"at cinema halls in Chennai on Nov. 9, 2018.(IANS)

The makers of Tamil movie Sarkar have agreed to three changes, editing out parts that have angered the ruling AIADMK supporters over the alleged depiction of former chief minister Jayalalithaa and the schemes she had started.

Among the changes is the deletion of a scene showing an actor throwing a mixer-grinder into fire, according to the certificate issued by the Central Board of Film Certification. This scene did not go down well with the AIADMK workers as it was seen as an obvious reference to the late Jayalalithaa’s flagship schemes of providing these items free of cost, in line with an electoral promise in 2011.

Two words were muted, including the name Komala from the full name Komalavalli, which party workers thought was a reference to Jayalalithaa’s original name.

The publicist of the film Riaz K Ahmed had earlier confirmed that the makers did decide to delete the scenes and are awaiting a nod from the Censor Board before releasing the new version. “The distributors of different regions got together with the producers to make this decision and the re-censor is being done only because certain scenes have been changed.”

The AIADMK has been protesting since the Diwali release of the movie with senior ministers demanding deletion of the objectionable scenes, besides threatening to initiate legal action if the film crew failed to comply.

Tamil Nadu Law minister C.V. Shanmugam condemned the Vijay-starrer for allegedly attempting to instigate violence in society and also said that it is not less than a terrorist instigating people for violence.

This came on the day Madras High Court ordered protection from arrest till November 27 to Murugadoss, who had applied for bail hours after he tweeted late on Thursday night that policemen had turned up at his house yesterday. “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,” he tweeted.

First Published: Nov 09, 2018 16:24 IST