[dropcap]A[/dropcap]R Murugadoss-directed Sarkar, is currently the most trending topic in Tamil Nadu, with the ruling party AIADMK up in arms against the film for its alleged wrongful depiction of their party and its late leader and former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa.
AIADMK minister Kadambur Raju demanded that the makers of the film remove several scenes from the film, following which party members in Chennai, Trichy and Madurai, staged protests and tore down banners and posters of the film and Vijay, the lead actor. Coming under pressure, the makers of Sarkar have agreed to make a few changes in the film, and according to reports, there will be two changes in the film, which has already released on November 6.
Actress Varalaxmi’s character, Komalavalli aka Papa is the daughter of the former chief minister Masilamani (Pala Karuppiah) and is one of the antagonists in the film. It is said that the name ‘Komalavalli’ will be muted in the film. Reason? AIADMK has claimed that ‘Komalavalli’ is the birth name of J Jayalalithaa, and that the makers are tarnishing their leader’s image by giving it to a corrupt and evil character.
TTV Dhinakaran, MLA from Dr Radhakrishnan Nagar, who was once the treasurer of the AIADMK party, however, said in a recent interview that Komalavalli is not the birth name of Jayalalithaa, and claimed that it is just a rumour. He went on to add that even Jayalalithaa herself wondered why some people called her by that name.
The second scene to be censored features the film’s director AR Murugadoss in a cameo where he is seen throwing away a mixer-grinder in a fire.
In the film, the mixies are freebies given to the people by chief minister Masilamani’s government, and they have the picture of the leader on them. Former CM J Jayalalithaa gave away mixies, table fans and grinders when she came to power in 2011, and they all had her picture printed on them.
The film embroiled in a lot of controversy just before release, which ended only after director AR Murugadoss thanked writer Varun Rajendran in the credits, who claimed that the story of the film was based on his work titled Sengol.
However, the film is running successfully at the box office and has already been deemed a blockbuster. Sarkar, directed by AR Murugadoss and produced by Kalanithi Maran under Sun Pictures, has music composer AR Rahman scoring the music for the film.