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Objectionable scenes in film 'Sarkar' cut, TN govt thanks crew

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The issue over Vijay's Tamil film 'Sarkar' blew over with its producers voluntarily cutting scenes, including an apparent reference to late chief minister J and criticism of welfare schemes initiated by her, and the welcoming it.

A day after the movie faced a backlash from AIADMK over the 'objectionable' scenes and reference, prompting the makers to agree for the cuts, Information and welcomed it and said the "issue has come to an end" and AIADMK would not stage any more protests against it.

His cabinet colleague R B thanked the film producers for respecting "the sentiments of Tamil people" and urged movie-makers to exercise restraint in future.

Earlier in the day, Tamil 'Superstar' threw his weight behind Vijay, questioning the AIADMK's rationale in protesting against a film certified by the censor board.

After several ministers objected to the reference to and some scenes, including the one showing mixers and grinders being burnt, AIADMK workers protested in front of several theatres screening the film, released on day on November 6.

In a related legal development, the restrained the police from arresting the film's A R till November 27.

Passing interim orders on the anticipatory bail application filed by Murugadoss, who apprehended arrest in connection with some complaints lodged against him, Justice G Ilanthiraiyan directed him to co-operate with the police and adjourned the matter to November 27.

Murugadoss's informed the court that the objectionable portions had already been removed from the film.

According to Tamil film industry sources, "relevant scenes" in 'Sarkar' have been removed and the theatres will now start screening the 'edited' version.

They added the cuts in the digital copies of the film for all theatres can be made online from Chennai itself.

The cuts effected were 'voluntary' with the approval of the Central Board of Film Certification, they said.

"While we don't know how many scenes have been deleted, we can say for sure that the objectionable scene on mixer and grinder being burnt has been removed," they said.

Also, the audio part mentioning the name Komalavalli, deemed to be a reference to Jayalalithaa, will be 'muted,' they said.

The removal of the scenes prompted Raju to declare that the "issue has come to an end" and that the AIADMK would not hold anymore protests.

"We believe they (team) have realised that they have hurt people's sentiments and have come forward to remove the scenes... it is welcome. So the issue has come to an end. The protests (against the film) will not continue," he told reporters here.

Defending the protests, Raju said AIADMK workers "ranging from an ordinary cadre to the ( Palaniswami)," consider as their 'God'.

"We have nothing to do with the film or Vijay," Raju said describing the star as a "dear friend."

He said the party's opposition had nothing to do with criticism of the government.

A name said to be referring to Jayalalithaa was used for a negative character and therefore the opposition to it was "wholehearted" from the party workers, he added.

thanked the 'Sarkar' crew for removing the scenes.

"In future, filmmakers should avoid including scenes that would hurt the sentiments, especially relating to Amma's (Jayalalithaa's) sacrifices and hardwork," he said.

Fans of "dear brother Vijay" also benefited from government welfare schemes like the free mixer-grinder and fan initiative, he told reporters in

Meanwhile, "strongly condemned" the demands for deletion of the scenes.

"It is against the law to hold protests seeking removal of some scenes from a Censor board certified film and trying to stall the screening and damaging the banners," he tweeted.

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.

C Ve Shanmugham had said certain scenes amounted to inciting violence and warned of 'action'.

The AIADMK took strong exception to scenes showing mixer-grinder and fans being burnt, seen as an obvious affront to its flagship scheme of providing these goods free of cost to people, fulfilling an electoral promise made by Jayalalithaa in 2011.

'Sarkar' had earlier courted a row after an aspiring filmmaker claimed that the film's story was his, following which went in for a compromise with him.

Produced by Sun Pictures, the film stars Vijay and in key roles with winner A R Rahman scoring the music.

Vijay's 2017 film 'Mersal' too had ran into a controversy after BJP objected to some scenes critical of GST among others.

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 20:10 IST