With many film personalities urging Vijay Sethupathi to opt out of cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan’s biopic ‘800’, Radikaa Sarathkumar has come to the actor’s support.
Radikaa, who played Vijay Sethupathi’s mother in Seenu Ramasamy-directed ‘Dharmadurai’ and Vignesh Shivan-helmed ‘Naanum Rowdy Dhaan’, posted, “#muthaiyamuralitharan biopic &asking @VijaySethuOffl not to act do these people hav no work??”
Going a step further, she added: “Why not ask @SunRisers why he is the head coach, team belongs to a Tamilian with political affiliations?VSP is an actor, and do not curb an actor. VSP&cricket both don’t warrant nonsense”.
She also said, “The owners of #Sunrisers, & #SunTV, though they have political affiliations, all these decades they could distinctly & professionally handle politics, sports & entertainment with due credits. Why not our film industry look at entertainment away from political view point.
My intention of that tweet was not to create any room for controversies but was to support the film industry and the connected artists within prejudices. That’s why I brought in #Sunrisers name as a testimony of non biased, neutral and professional approach.”
Meanwhile, Muttiah said in a statement, “When the production house approached me for the film, I was first reluctant to give my nod. I then thought that the film would highlight the struggle of my parents, the contribution of my coaches and teachers and everyone who have been part of my journey.
My family had its humble beginnings in a tea estate in Sri Lanka. The most affected in the 30-year long civil war in Sri Lanka were the Hill Country Tamils. Our life began in a conflict zone.
The film ‘800’ talks about how I overcame all these hurdles and managed to succeed in cricket. Is it my fault that I was born a Sri Lankan Tamil? If I was born in India, I would have definitely tried to be part of the Indian team. Since I am part of the Sri Lankan team, I have always been misunderstood. An unnecessary controversy has erupted saying that I am against Tamils, thus giving the film, a political colour.”