Controversial scenes of 'Sarkar' cut, AIADMK relents

Sarkar collects Rs 75 Cr on its opening day

In a related legal development, the Madras High Court Friday restrained the police from arresting the film's director A R Murugadoss till November 27.

The controversy started after Sarkar starring Vijay hit cinemas on Tuesday, evoking angry reactions from the Tamil Nadu's EPS government.

The counsel also informed the judge that the objectionable portions had already been removed from the film.

A day after the release of actor Vijay's latest film Sarkar, the Information and Publicity Minister of Tamil Nadu as well as the Law Minister of Tamil Nadu have warned action against the screening of the film that is now running to packed screens across theatres in the state.

Earlier, AIADMK workers had staged protests across Tamil Nadu outside theatres screening the film, and had even damaged the banners of the movie. The orders were passed following an anticipatory bail application moved by him apprehending arrest by the Central Crime Branch police.

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They also opposed the usage of the name "Komalavalli" for the antagonist, played by Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, claiming that Komalavalli was Jayalalithaa's birth name and that the movie shows her in a bad light.

The removal of the scenes prompted Raju to declare that the "issue has come to an end" and that the AIADMK would not hold anymore protests. Many AIADMK ministers and party cadres were visibly unhappy with certain scenes in the film as they felt that the film was an attack on the former chief minister, J Jayalalithaa.

According to trade analysts, the film is unstoppable in the US. Shanmugam compared the scenes (burning of freebies) in the movie with terrorist activity aimed at instigating violence against the state government.

The AIADMK took strong exception to scenes showing mixer-grinder and fans being burnt, seen as an obvious affront to its flagship scheme of providing these goods free of cost to people, fulfilling an electoral promise made by Jayalalithaa in 2011. However, Sun Picture is yet to make an official statement regarding the same.

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