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Sarkar row: Madras HC restrains Tamil Nadu police from arresting AR Murugadoss

Sarkar collects Rs 75 Cr on its opening day Sarkar movie controversy: Madras High Court restrains..rom arresting director AR Murugadoss till 27 November
Ivan Hill | 10 November, 2018, 03:34

He particularly pointed out at the government backing Vijay when his film "Mersal" ran into trouble with the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) ahead of its release previous year.

A day after the release of actor Vijay's latest film Sarkar, the Information and Publicity Minister of Tamil Nadu as well as the Law Minister of Tamil Nadu have warned action against the screening of the film that is now running to packed screens across theatres in the state. He took it on his official Twitter handle and wrote that "When the censor board has cleared the film, holding protests and demanding for removal scenes is against the law".

Madras High Court on Friday restrained Tamil Nadu police from arresting "Sarkar" movie director AR Murugadoss till 27th of November. It also said that no viewer was offended by what they saw.

A day after the movie faced a backlash from AIADMK over the "objectionable" scenes and reference, prompting the makers to agree for the cuts, Information and Publicity Minister Kadambur C Raju welcomed it and said the "issue has come to an end" and AIADMK would not stage any more protests against it.

Vijay's recently-released film Sarkar, which hit the screens on November 6, is mired in controversy.

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Scenes showing people burning freebies like mixers and grinders had been removed. These scenes, that have drawn criticism, include a purported dig at welfare schemes made popular by late Chief Ministers, M Karunanidhi and J Jayalalithaa.

Meanwhile, Rajinikanth "strongly condemned" the demands for deletion of the scenes.

However, T-Nagar DCP told a news portal that there was no question of arrest since there was no FIR filed against the filmmaker.

He had approached the court after state ministers voiced their opposition to the movie with Law Minister Shanmugam threatening legal action. The film is produced by the Kalanithi Maran-owned Sun Pictures, and also stars Keerthy Suresh and Radharavi.

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