AIADMK Cites "Lizard In Food" To Take On Rajinikanth Over Sarkar Backlash

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The Madras High Court restrained the police from arresting AR Murugadoss till 27 November after the director filed a plea seeking anticipatory bail, according to Hindustan Times. The AIADMK government took umbrage with the scene, despite the fact that not only Jayalalitha, but both major parties in the state have indulged in handing out freebies in the past.

The makers of "Sarkar" had agreed to remove "objectionable" scenes and "mute" an apparent reference to the late J Jayalalithaa, an industry body said on Thursday, as the movie faced a backlash from the ruling AIADMK over depiction of its welfare schemes and its leader. In some places, the protestors resorted to tearing the banners of Vijay erected by the fans inside the theatre premises and shouting slogans demanding Murugadoss' arrest. Its tweet read, "Police reach director AR Murugadoss residence to arrest him". Shows of the film have been cancelled across TN, in view of the rising agitation against the movie by supporters of AIADMK.

The ruling party also took exception to a purported negative character played by a woman carrying a name deemed to be that of Jayalalithaa. He said the party's opposition had nothing to do with criticism of the government. "I condemn this act".

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

"Sarkar", released on November 6, has reportedly had a very good opening, ringing in cash at the box office. In that scene, he's seen throwing a mixer-grinder into a fire with the picture of the chief minister.

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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