Tamil Superstar Vijay Sethupathi Quits Muthiah Muralidharan biopic

 So what happened  to freedom of expression? Apparently  actors in India can no longer  play controversial figures  specially those with  political leanings.One of Tamil cinema’s  most accomplished actor Vijay Sethupathi  has opted  out of his commitment  to  play Sri Lankan  cricketer Muthiah Muralidharan  in a  biopic  to be  produced by Dar Motion  Pictures  and   Movie  Train  Motion Pictures. 

Sethupathi,  known  for his versatile  performances in Tamil  films as far-ranging as Super Deluxe  , Pizza and  86,was  very excited about playing  the Sri Lankan cricketer and had promised  his fans  that the bio-pic would dispense with  misconceptions  regarding Muralidharan.However  the people  of Tamil Nadu have been  up in arms  against Sethupathi’s decision to play  the controversial  cricketer  who has been accused  of supporting the  genocide of the Tamil community   in  Sri Lanka.

With  #ShameonVijaySethupathi trending Sethupathi was caught in a  crisis.Muralidharan has resolved  the crisis for Sethupathi  by  requesting the actor to step down from the  bio-pic. Sethupathi  has apparently  quit the project. But efforts are on  to  persuade  him  to  return to the  project. 

A  source associated with the  project shared  some details.

“We’ve so far had  no word on Vijay’s  dissociation from  the  Muralidharan  project.We are  sure he will inform the team  about his  decision to  quit the project. It’s a pity  that the social media now makes creative and artistic decision. Even  if  Muralidharan  is a controversial figure,what was  the harm  in  making a  film  on his  life? Didn’t  Rajkummar Rao play Ahmed Omar  SaeedShaikh, the most dreaded  terrorist  in the world?”

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