Not long ago, former Sri Lanka cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan confirmed that the popular actor Vijay Sethupathi will essay his role in his biopic named ‘800’. Even the motion poster of the film was also released with Vijay looking exactly like the legendary cricketer. However, the controversy related to Murali’s past popped up and a lot was said about the actor taking up his biopic.
Despite being a Sri Lankan Tamilian, Muralitharan had allegedly spoken in favour of government after Sri Lankan Army had killed a lot of Tamil people in 2009. For the same reason, the Tamil people were livid when Vijay Sethupathi decided to act in his biopic. Rather, #shameonVijaySethupathi was also trending on Twitter. The actor was also reportedly told that he will suffer in the film industry if he acts in this biopic.
After all the controversy over the last few days, Muttiah Muralitharan finally requested Vijay Sethupathi to walk out of the project. He felt that the actor shouldn’t face any problems in future because of him. “There should be no obstacles for Vijay Sethupathi in the future,” Murali said. And according to Kolly Buzz, Vijay has decided to walk out of the much-awaited biopic ‘800’.
— Thusi (@thusi_c) October 19, 2020
Muttiah Muralitharan had released a statement too
Earlier, Muttiah Muralitharan had released a statement too clarifying his stand on the matter stating that he never supported the killing of innocent people. He also added that his own family has suffered from the violence against Tamil-minority community while also rubbishing the allegations that he doesn’t know Tamil.
“Throughout the attacks on Tamils in the early 1970s, riots caused by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna insurrection and several bomb blasts, my family has been severely affected. My father was hacked when I was seven years old. My relatives have been killed and we have lost our livelihood and been left without anything on several occasions during the war.
I’m aware of the loss and pain caused by the war and I lived through this. The movie ‘800’ is about how I survived the war and got selected for the Sri Lanka Cricket team. I studied in Tamil medium school and can converse very well in Tamil. Since Tamils are a minority, they may feel inferior to the Sinhalese. Even I had an inferiority complex as my parents also felt so.
“I fought against my inferiority complex and got placed in the Sri Lankan cricket team out of my passion and hard work. Similarly, I asked Tamil children not to feel inferior to the Sinhalese and to have faith in their talents,” Murali had said. Now it remains to be seen who essays Muttiah Muralitharan’s role for his biopic.
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