Ever since Vijay Sethupathi has signed the biopic on Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan, 800, the actor has been embroiled in controversy. A section of people are irked that Vijay Sethupathi, a much-loved actor in the state, is doing a film on Muralitharan, and that the move will hurt the sentiments of Tamilians across the world.
And, now Radikaa Sarathkumar has come out in support of the actor. “#muthaiyamuralitharan biopic &asking @VijaySethuOffl not to act do these people hav no work??why not ask @SunRisers why he is the head coach, team belongs to a Tamilian with political affiliations?VSP is an actor, and do not curb an actor. VSP&cricket both don’t warrant nonsense.”
She added that one needs to keep politics, sports and entertainment as separate entities. She added, “The owners of #Sunrisers, & #SunTV, though they have political affiliations, all these decades they could distinctly & professionally handle politics, sports & entertainment with due credits. Why not our film industry look at entertainment away from political view point. my intention of that tweet was not to create any room for controversies but was to support the film industry and the connected artists within prejudices. That’s why I brought in #Sunrisers name as a testimony of non biased, neutral and professional approach.”
The motion poster of the film was released recently and it portrays the life and struggle of the cricketer. However, many political leaders and members of the industry have asked VSP to drop out of the film that celebrates the life of the spin bowler. In the meantime, the makers had announced that the film was a pure sports biography and had absolutely no connect with Sri Lankan politics.