Vijay Sethupathi walks out of the film ‘800’ after Muttiah Muralitharan’s request

Ruben Hill
October 19, 2020

800 is a biopic on Muttiah Muralitharan.

Vijay Sethupathi has officially walked out of former Sri Lankan legendary off-spinner, Muttiah Muralitharan's biopic "800", after relentless social media outrage by Indian Tamils following the release of the poster of the movie.

Muttiah Muralitharan in a statement said that fearing the consequences that Vijay Sethupathi could face for signing 800 in his career, he requests him to opt-out of the film. He also mentioned that the producers will be recasting the role and that the biopic will soon be available for his fans and general audience.

Sethupathi on Monday shared Muralitharan's statement on Twitter and wrote, "Thank you and goodbye".

"I know that that due to misunderstandings about myself, some are placing huge pressure on actor Vijay Sethupathi to withdraw from the "800" film, and I do not wish for an outstanding artist in Tamil Nadu to be affected by me".

In a statement issued from the United Arab Emirates, where he is the bowling coach for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, Muralidaran said of Sethupathy: "He should not suffer any unnecessary obstacles in his career as an artist in future.

I have never supported the killings of innocent people and will never support that", Muralitharan said. I battle it out, win it and that is why I have reached this stage in my life. I agreed to a film about my life as I believed it would be an inspiration and motivation to younger generations and young cricket players, but there have been obstacles in that now too. I trust that [the producers] will definitely overcome these obstacles and bring this creation to them. They have promised me that they will make an announcement regarding this soon. I will stand by their decisions.

The ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and veteran Tamil filmmaker Bharathiraja were among those who had urged Sethupathi to opt out from the biopic. This is largely because Muralitharan is seen as a supporter of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was at the helm during nearly 30 years of civil war that gripped the island nation.

Muralitharan confirmed that he does not wish that one of the best actors of the Tamil Nadu state undergoes something like this.

Despite being a Sri Lankan Tamilian, Muralitharan had allegedly spoken in favour of government after Sri Lankan Army had killed a lot of Tamil people in 2009. "Therefore, I request him to move away", he said. We lived amid a war in Sri Lanka for more than 30 years.

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