A few pro-Tamil organisations and activists are opposed to Vijay Sethupathi’s decision to play the lead role of Sri Lankan star cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan.
In a statement, Thol Thirumavalavan’s Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi said, “Though Muralitharan is a Tamilian by birth, he lives as a Sri Lankan citizen. Even during the genocide, he stood by Sri Lanka Government so even Tamils of the country will not like Vijay Sethupathi in the role of Muralitharan”.
Posts are also being shared on social media by ‘activists’, who have urged Vijay Sethupathi to withdraw his decision to act in the movie, which is to be produced by DAR Films and Suresh Productions.
Talking about the movie recently, Vijay Sethupathi said, “I am happy to be associated with the Muttiah Muralitharan biopic. He is an iconic sportsman of Tamil origin & someone who’s made his mark across the world. Portraying the role of Murali is going to be a challenge for me & I’m looking forward to it.”
He added: “I’m delighted that Murali himself will be closely involved with the project & guiding me on the cricketing aspects. I am thankful to both Murali & the producers for the faith bestowed on me”.
Muttiah said, “I am glad to be collaborating with Dar Motion Pictures on my official biopic. We are looking at a late 2020 release date. I am honored that an accomplished actor such as Makkal Selvan Vijay Sethupathi will be playing me in the film. I have been actively collaborating with the creative team for the past several months and I will continue to support this project through its duration.”