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CHEN­NAI: The con­tro­versy over ac­tor Vi­jay’s Tamil film ‘Sarkar’ blew over Fri­day with its pro­duc­ers cut­ting scenes, in­clud­ing an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to late chief min­is­ter J Jay­alalithaa and wel­fare schemes ini­ti­ated by her, the move com­ing a day af­ter the movie faced a back­lash from AIADMK over the ‘ob­jec­tion­able’ scenes.

State in­for­ma­tion and pub­lic­ity min­is­ter Kadambur C Raju wel­comed the cuts in the movie say­ing the “is­sue has come to an end” and AIADMK would not stage any more protests against it.

Though the film in­dus­try had ral­lied be­hind Sarkar, with ac­tors Ka­mal Has­san and Ra­jinikant, as well as Vishal, pres­i­dent of South In­dian Film Artistes’ As­so­ci­a­tion, ques­tion­ing the AIADMK’S protests, the mak­ers of the film agreed to ac­cede to the rul­ing party’s de­mands so that the film’s screen­ing wasn’t dis­turbed any fur­ther.

Sun Pic­tures of Kalanithi Maran, the pro­ducer of the movie, main­tained that they have ac­ceded to the re­quest of dis­trib­u­tors and the­atre own­ers to make the changes.

Ac­cord­ing to Tamil film in­dus­try sources, the cuts ef­fected were ‘vol­un­tary’ with the ap­proval of the Cen­tral Board of Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. “While we don’t know how many scenes have been deleted, we can say for sure that the ob­jec­tion­able scene on mixer and grinder be­ing burnt has been re­moved,” they said.

Also, the au­dio part men­tion­ing the name Ko­ma­lavalli, deemed to be a ref­er­ence to Jay­alalithaa, will be ‘muted,’ they said.

Tamil Nadu Mul­ti­plex Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Abi­ra­mai Ra­manathan said, “The pro­ducer had agreed to con­cede our de­mands and things have been set­tled am­i­ca­bly. Now, the screen­ing of the movie will re­sume with­out any hitches.”

In a re­lated le­gal de­vel­op­ment, the Madras high court on Fri­day re­strained the po­lice from ar­rest­ing the film’s di­rec­tor A R Mu­ru­ga­doss till Novem­ber 27.

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