'Sarkar' gets four cuts after protests by AIADMK cadres

Over the last few days, workers of Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK claimed that some scenes in the film were against the government.

November 09, 2018 06:05 pm | Updated December 03, 2021 10:21 am IST - Chennai

On screen heroism: A scene from 'Sarkar'.

On screen heroism: A scene from 'Sarkar'.

The makers of Tamil political thriller 'Sarkar' starring actor Vijay announced four cuts in the film that has been embroiled in controversy ever since its Diwali release.


Over the last few days, workers of Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK claimed that some scenes in the film were against the government. 'Sarkar' reportedly has a few scenes showing broken-down freebies being taken in carts. AIADMK Ministers have also come out in protest against naming the villain of the film (played by Varalaxmi)  'Komalavalli,' which also happened to be former TN Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's name. 

Following protests across the State, the makers announced that the following cuts in the film:

a. The visuals of throwing freebies (mixie, grinder) in fire will be deleted

b. The name 'Komala' will be muted while referencing to the full name of 'Komalavalli'

c. Two dialogues referring to 'Podhuppanithurai' and "56 varusham" will also be removed.

On Thursday, theatres across Tamil Nadu were vandalised by AIADMK party cadres, demanding the cancellation of shows. Posters and banners that featured Vijay were destroyed in parts of Chennai and Madurai. “Police had come to my house late tonight and banged the door several times. Since I was not there they left the premises. Right now I was told there is no police outside my house,” tweeted Murugadoss. It was later reported that the police arrived to give protection to the director.


Earlier today, AR Murugadoss approached the Madras High Court seeking anticipatory bail.

A host of celebrities including actors Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth and Vishal came out in support of Vijay and Sarkar.

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