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

Banners of the film have been torn down and a few theatres in Chennai were targeted yesterday, according to reports. The censor board certified the film with U/Aand the updated final runtime is 161.46 minutes now.

The 2 scenes that have been agreed to be removed include removing of the name "Komalavalli", which AIADMK claims is the birth name of J Jayalalithaa. The police later clarified that the cops had not gone to Murugadoss' residence to arrest him as no FIR has been registered against the director.

"The protests (against the film) will not continue", he told reporters here.

Raju said "AIADMK workers, ranging from supporters to Chief Minister (K Palaniswami)", treat Jayalalithaa as "God".

"We have nothing to do with the film or Vijay", he said, even as he described the star as a 'dear friend'.

"In future, filmmakers should avoid including scenes that would hurt the sentiments, especially relating to Amma's (Jayalalithaa's) sacrifices and hardwork", he said.

A write-up in AIADMK mouthpiece "Namathu Puratchi Thalaivi Amma" questioned Rajinikanth's statement on how demands for removal of scenes from a film certified by the censor board could be made. "I strong condemn this act". It attracted severe criticism from AIADMK with the law minister C Ve Shanmugam threatening legal action against the movie if the controversial scenes are not deleted.

Much like the visuals from the film, the fans reacted to the cuts by burning, breaking and throwing mixers, grinders, laptops and TVs that were freely provided to them over the years as part of government schemes.

Tamil Nadu politics turned ugly on Thursday night after a sensational tweet by Sun Pictures, the makers of controversial film Sarkar, said that cops had arrived at the residence of film director AR Murugadoss to arrest him.

Vijay's 2017 film "Mersal" too had ran into a controversy after BJP objected to some scenes critical of GST among others.

Vanessa Coleman

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