Tamil Nadu Information and Publicity Minister Kadambur C Raju has warned the team of Sarkar to remove scenes that show people throwing away freebies provided by the Tamil Nadu government. These portions are a part of the Oruviral Puratchi song, in which filmmaker AR Murugadoss himself makes a cameo appearance and throws the state-provided mixer grinders and wet grinders into the fire.
This comes a day after the Vijay starrer had a record opening on Deepavali day. Kadambur C Raju also said the government would take necessary steps to chop the scenes if the makers don’t remove them voluntarily.
He also added, “This is not good for an upcoming actor like Vijay. I know people won’t accept these scenes. It was brought to our knowledge and this was disappointing.”
Directed by AR Murugadoss, Sarkar has multiple references to the state’s politics that are impossible to miss.
Even for Vijay’s last film, Mersal, there was criticism and objections from the Centre. BJP’s Tamil Nadu President Tamilisai Soundararajan had pointed out how some scenes showed the Goods and Services Tax and Digital India in poor light. Facing pressure from BJP, the producers of Mersal said they were willing to remove portions that “created misunderstanding” in people’s mind. Politicians including Rahul Gandhi, MK Stalin and Kamal Haasan criticised BJP for demanding cuts, as it curtailed a filmmaker’s freedom of expression.
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A source close to Sarkar’s unit told indianexpress.com, “This is something that was expected. We say we are a democratic country, but somehow the Government doesn’t let us a free hand to present good cinema to the audience. This clearly shows the lack of maturity in accepting criticisms of ourselves. The State thinks that it has power to decide what’s right and wrong for the people, without giving a choice for the citizens to think and decide.”