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Vijay Sethupathi justifies acting in Muttiah biopic, refuses to opt out of it

Vijay Sethupathi, who is facing protest from some pro-Tamil activists over his decision to play the lead role in the biopic of Sri Lankan cricekter Muttiah Muralitharan, has refused to walk out of the movie.

Instead, he has said in an interview to Tamil magazine Ananda Vikatan: “”I will not hurt anyone who loves me unconditionally. ” He added: “I am confident that the biopic will not hurt anyone. In case, if it goes wrong, I am ready to apologise.”

The actor said he doesn’t even know the basics of cricket so the biopic will be a huge challenge for him. “Besides cricket, the film also has a lot of things that happened in Muralitharan’s life”, he stated.

The film will be bankrolled by Rana Daggubati and his home banner Suresh Productions, who have joined hands with DAR Films for the project.

In a tweet, Rana said, “Suresh Productions and I are proud to be associated with Dar films in telling the story of a legend thru a legendary actor. #VijaySethupathi as #MuttiahMuralidharan soon!!@SureshProdns #DAR.”

For his part, Vijay Sethupathi had said, “I am happy to be associated with the Muttiah Muralitharan biopic. He is an iconic sportsman of Tamil origin & someone who’s made his mark across the world. Portraying the role of Murali is going to be a challenge for me & I’m looking forward to it.”

He added: “I’m delighted that Murali himself will be closely involved with the project & guiding me on the cricketing aspects. I am thankful to both Murali & the producers for the faith bestowed on me”.

While Muttiah said, “I am glad to be collaborating with Dar Motion Pictures on my official biopic. We are looking at a late 2020 release date. I am honored that an accomplished actor such as Makkal Selvan Vijay Sethupathi will be playing me in the film. I have been actively collaborating with the creative team for the past several months and I will continue to support this project through its duration.”