Sarkar director AR Murugadoss applies for anticipatory bail: Reports

Sarkar director AR Murugadoss has moved the Madras High Court seeking an anticipatory bail. The court will hear the matter later today.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Published: November 9, 2018 1:10:56 pm

sarkar director ar murugadoss AR Murugadoss directorial Sarkar came under the scanner after AIADMK found certain scenes objectionable.

Sarkar director AR Murugadoss on Friday morning moved the Madras High Court seeking an anticipatory bail. The court will hear the matter later today.

On Thursday night, Murugadoss had tweeted that police officials visited his house at night and banged the door several times but he was not present at his residence. Before the police’s arrival, Murugadoss had confirmed the deletion of controversial scenes from Sarkar.

Sarkar, which has been breaking box office records ever since its release on Tuesday, came under the scanner after ruling party AIADMK found certain scenes objectionable. The members of the political party protested outside theaters that were screening Sarkar and also allegedly tore down posters and banners of the Vijay starrer.

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On Thursday evening, the makers confirmed to indianexpress.com that they have decided to modify the controversial scenes. They said references to Varalaxmi Sarathkumar’s character Komalavalli will be muted. Komalavalli was the original name of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa. The makers will also remove a scene which shows director AR Murugadoss throwing state-provided freebies into the fire.

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Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan have come out in support of the filmmaker and condemned the protests by AIADMK. Haasan in his tweet mentioned, “It’s not new for this state government to put pressure on filmmakers who have obtained the censor certificate before releasing the film. A government that cannot accept criticism will definitely derail. Only people will win.” Rajinikanth wrote on Twitter, “After a film is cleared by the censor board for the release, vandalizing cinema halls, tearing down posters demanding particular cuts in the film is against the law. I condemn it.”

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