Sri Lankan cricketing icon Muthiah Muralitharan asked actor Vijay Sethupathi, who was roped into starring in his biopic, 800, to “step away” from the project so as to not encounter problems in his career in future.
Vijay Sethupathi shared Muralitharan’s statement with a message ‘Nandri, Vanakkam’ indicating that he won’t be starring in 800.
Soon after this, he met Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami at the latter’s residence. This comes days after Minister Kadambur Raju advised Vijay Sethupathi to pull out of 800.
Even as these things gave room to speculations that the actor was under pressure from government, sources close to him denied this and said he called on the CM only to offer tributes to Palaniswami’s mother who passed away recently.
Meanwhile, trolls issued rape threats to the actor’s daughter on social media. Replying to a tweet posted by Vijay Sethupathi, a troll made a distasteful remark of raping his daughter so that the actor would understand the pain of Eelam Tamils. Many netizens slammed the troll for his vile comment and reported it.
Singer Chinmayi Sripaada took to Twitter to condemn the troll’s behaviour and tagged Chennai Police and Adyar Deputy Commissioner of Police.
She posted, “Why does this crappy society do this? Watch silently when this happens? How are men raised to speak out a rape threat? Why is it when adults fight like hyenas, the women and children have to suffer? Shame on all of you who do it and those who watch and remain silent.”
800, the biopic of cricketing legend Muttiah Muralitharan, faced several issues since its inception. Pro-Tamil groups, netizens and several filmmakers requested Vijay Sethupathi to walk out of the film due to the politics involved.