CHENNAI: Superstar Rajinikanth today criticised the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu for protesting against certain scenes in actor Vijay's Diwali release 'Sarkar'.
He is questioning the rationale behind attacking a film that has been cleared by the censor board.
"It is against the law to hold protests asking removal of some scenes from a censor board certified film and trying to hamper the screening and damaging the banners, I strongly condemn these" Rajinikanth tweeted in Tamil.
AR Murugadoss directed film ‘Sarkar’ is facing a backlash from the ruling AIADMK over the depiction of its welfare schemes and its leader.
They are demanding deletion of the contentious scenes. Some senior AIADMK ministers threatened to initiate legal action if the filmmakers did not agree to their demands.
Law Minister CV Shanmugam said certain scenes amounted to inciting violence and warned of action.
According to the report from the ‘Sarkar’ crew, a compromise has been reached. A theatre owners' group has announced that an edited version would be screened from today.
“The makers of 'Sarkar' agreed to remove objectionable scenes and mute an apparent reference to Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa”, a film industry body said on Thursday.
'Sarkar', produced by Sun Pictures, released on November 6, starring Vijay and Keerthi Suresh in key roles, directed by AR Murugadoss and has music by Oscar winner AR Rahman.
Amidst mixed reviews and entangled in controversies, “Sarkar” collected over Rs 100 crore in just two days at the box-office.