AIADMK up in arms against Sarkar


THE rul­ing AIADMK is up in arms against Tamil film star Vi­jay's Di­wali re­lease

Sarkar for its re­ported ref­er­ence to for­mer chief min­is­ter J Jay­alalithaa, be­sides the al­leged de­pic­tion of cer­tain govern­ment schemes in bad light. Se­nior AIADMK min­is­ters de­manded that the con­tentious scenes be deleted, and threat­ened to ini­ti­ate le­gal ac­tion if the lat­ter failed to com­ply.

Fish­eries min­is­ter D Jayaku­mar wanted to know why cer­tain ref­er­ences deemed to be that to the late Jay­alalithaa had found their way into the script.

How­ever, rebel AIADMK leader T T V Dhi­nakaran claimed Jay­alalithaa was never ad­dressed by the name men­tioned in the film but charged com­mer­cial in­tent be­hind show­ing the AIADMK's 'free­bies' in bad light. Law min­is­ter C Ve Shan­mugham said cer­tain scenes amounted to in­cit­ing vi­o­lence and warned of ac­tion. "The scenes re­lat­ing to burn­ing of items dis­bursed un­der govern­ment wel­fare schemes amount to in­cit­ing vi­o­lence. Whether it is the pro­ducer (Sun Pic­tures) or ac­tor (Vi­jay), or the­atres-they will have to face ac­tion," he told re­porters.

DMK leader Pazha Karup­piah, who has played the an­tag­o­nist's role in the film, wanted to know how scenes of a movie could be deleted af­ter the Cen­sor Board had cleared it.

Re­ports sug­gested that cer­tain scenes show grinder, mix­ers and fans be­ing burnt, seen as an ob­vi­ous ref­er­ence to the late Jay­alalithaa's flag­ship schemes of pro­vid­ing these items free of cost, in line with an elec­toral prom­ise in 2011.

AIADMK work­ers staged a protest out­side a the­atre in Madu­rai de­mand­ing that cer­tain scenes be re­moved. A show was also can­celled. Work­ers said they would not al­low the film to be screened till "deroga­tory" scenes and dia­logues were re­moved, the po­lice said. At some movie halls in Coim­bat­ore and Chen­nai, ban­ners of the film and that of Vi­jay were dam­aged al­legedly by AIADMK sup­port­ers.

Some AIADMK work­ers staged a sit-in at a the­atre in Coim­bat­ore seek­ing a ban on the film.

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