Af­ter 4 cuts in ‘Sarkar’, TN govt re­lents

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CHEN­NAI: The is­sue over ac­tor Vijay’s Tamil film ‘Sarkar’ blew over Fri­day with its pro­duc­ers vol­un­tar­ily cut­ting scenes, in­clud­ing an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to late chief min­is­ter J Jay­alalithaa and crit­i­cism of wel­fare schemes ini­ti­ated by her, and the AIADMK gov­ern­ment wel­com­ing it.

A day af­ter the movie faced a back­lash from AIADMK over the ‘ob­jec­tion­able’ scenes and ref­er­ence, prompt­ing the mak­ers to agree for the cuts, In­for­ma­tion and Pub­lic­ity Min­is­ter Kadambur C Raju wel­comed it and said the “is­sue has come to an end”, and AIADMK would not stage any more protests against it.

His cab­i­net col­league R B Ud­hayaku­mar thanked the film pro­duc­ers for re­spect­ing “the sen­ti­ments of Tamil peo­ple” and urged movie-mak­ers to ex­er­cise re­straint in fu­ture.

Ear­lier in the day, Tamil ‘Su­per­star’ Ra­jinikanth threw his weight be­hind Vijay, ques­tion­ing the AIADMK’S ra­tio­nale in protest­ing against a film cer­ti­fied by the cen­sor board.

Af­ter sev­eral min­is­ters ob­jected to the ref­er­ence to Jay­alalithaa and some scenes, in­clud­ing the one show­ing mix­ers and grinders be­ing burnt, AIADMK work­ers Thurs­day protested in front of sev­eral the­atres screen­ing the film, re­leased on Deep­avali day on No­vem­ber 6.

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

Pass­ing in­terim or­ders on the an­tic­i­pa­tory bail ap­pli­ca­tion filed by Mu­ru­ga­doss, who ap­pre­hended ar­rest in con­nec­tion with some com­plaints lodged against him, Jus­tice G K Ilan­thi­raiyan di­rected him to co-op­er­ate with the po­lice and ad­journed the mat­ter to No­vem­ber 27.

Mu­ru­ga­doss’s coun­sel in­formed the court that the ob­jec­tion­able por­tions had al­ready been re­moved from the film.

Ac­cord­ing to Tamil film in­dus­try sources, “rel­e­vant scenes” in ‘Sarkar’ have been re­moved, and the the­atres will now start screen­ing the ‘edited’ ver­sion.

They added the cuts in the dig­i­tal copies of the film for all the­atres can be made on­line from Chen­nai it­self.

The cuts ef­fected were ‘vol­un­tary’ with the ap­proval of the Cen­tral Board of Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, they said.

“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.

The re­moval of the scenes prompted Raju to de­clare that the “is­sue has come to an end” and that the AIADMK would not hold any more protests.

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