#ShameonVijaySethupathi controversy - Muttiah Muralitharan biopic faces stern opposition from fans
'Makkal Selvan' Vijay Sethupathi's next film, 800, a biopic on Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan, had its first look and motion poster released on Tuesday. Within a few hours of their releases, the hashtag #ShameonVijaySethupathi began trending on Twitter, with similar opposing views by many social media users being expressed on other platforms as well. Claiming that Muttiah is a supporter of the Sri Lankan government which suppressed the LTTE (Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam), including facing accusations of genocide of Tamil people, a number of users have lashed out against the versatile actor for signing up for the project.
Many people have expressed their support of Tamil nationalism on their social media handles as a form of opposition against Vijay Sethupathi's 800. Users have also been tweeting old videos of Muttiah Muralitharan, who is seen informing people to move on from the past and look towards the future. Considerable anger and disappointment has also been visible on social media against the 800 motion poster, which has the Sri Lankan flag on the cricket uniform worn by Vijay Sethupathi.
The flag that kills thousands of Tamils, give death threats, treat the minorities as second class...what an audacity that @VijaySethuOffl is proud to bear that blood stain flag on his chest. You are a sell out.#ShameOnVijaySethupathi pic.twitter.com/SIxHIXEHom— தமிழி (@southindiann) October 13, 2020
#ShameOnVijaySethupathi #BoycottVijaySethupathi #Tamils_Boycott_VijaySethupathi #Tamils_Boycott_Vjsethupathi— Sasi Kumar (@SasiHuman) October 14, 2020
Dear Vijay Sethpathi, we respected u, we celebrated ur every success, we cared for u, but in return U DID SPIT ON OUR FACE, we will remember this, forever. https://t.co/Vl0K4GO5iv
— 𝙼 𝙹 𝚁𝚒𝚢𝚊𝚣𝚞𝚛 𝚁𝚊𝚑𝚖𝚊𝚗 (@riyazur4an9) October 13, 2020
நீங்கள் நல்லவன் இல்லை என்று நீங்களே சொல்லி விட்டீர்கள். மனிதாபிமானமுள்ள எவனும் தமிழினத்தை இழிவுபடுத்திய முத்தையா முரளிதரன் கதையில் நடிக்க மாட்டார். நீங்க எப்படி மனிதனா இல்லையா ?????????? @VijaySethuOffl #ShameOnVijaySethupathi pic.twitter.com/LIGHzoqHjo— ஆளப்பிறந்தவன் ஆகச்சிறந்தவன் (@mskisforjustice) October 14, 2020
#BoycottVijaySethupathi #ShameOnVijaySethupathi @VijaySethuOffl படத்துக்கு பின்னால் ஆழமாக ஊடுருவி இருக்கும் அரசியல். பிறந்த இனத்துக்கும் உண்மையானவனாக இருந்ததில்லை சிங்களத்தின் செல்லப்பிள்ளையாகவே காலத்தை கடத்திவரும் ஒரு கிரிக்கெட் வீரனின் வாழ்க்கைப்படம் ஏன் தேவைப்படுகிறது ? pic.twitter.com/7Dh2Bnnli6— MFlynn (@mayuran90191398) October 14, 2020
Forget & forgive people and move forward..!! My ass..!! This guy doesn't have a spine..!! @VijaySethuOffl u will regret acting hia movie..!! #ShameOnVijaySethupathi #Tamils_Boycott_VijaySethupathi pic.twitter.com/BuVp2eEssQ— karthick keyan (@karthic99761680) October 13, 2020
One of the most beloved cricketers in the world, Muttiah Muralitharan has been a controversial figure in Sri Lanka. Many Tamil-speaking people in the island country in 2019 had raised their objections over speculations and news reports that he may be the Governor of Sri Lanka's Tamil-dominated Northern Province. Muttiah had campaigned for Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the elections last year, who was the Defence Secretary when the LTTE were crushed by the Mahinda Rajapaksa government.
A member of the 1996 World Cup-winning squad, Muttiah in his past interviews stated that he felt Gotabaya Rajapaksa was the correct person to lead the nation, while adding that politicians from Tamil Nadu should not intervene with Sri Lanka's internal affairs. An Indian origin Tamil, Muralitharan does not hail from the Northern or Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka, which incidentally has led to anger among certain sections of Sri Lankan Tamils, who have rejected him.
Earlier speaking to Hindustan Times, Muttiah Muralitharan had said, "Tell me, if there is a problem within your family, do your neighbours interfere? Tamil Nadu politicians do not understand the problems of Sri Lankans. They should allow our government to get on with governance. I support President Rajapaksa because he is the right person to lead our country. Over the years before he came to power, there was no progress. The economy was down, nothing was moving. President Rajapaksa is an administrator, a former Defence Secretary and army man. He is a clever person who will carry out reforms, strike a different path, improve lives and do the right thing."
As of now, no statement has been issued by Vijay Sethupathi to the ongoing controversy and backlash against 800. Although the actor and his upcoming film are facing stiff opposing views from many online, a huge section of his fans have also come out in support towards him and the biopic. The hashtag #WeStandWithVijaySethupathi too began trending on Twitter, with many expressing their support and saying that 800 is a film and should not be viewed from a political standpoint.
#ShameOnVijaySethupathi— Aashish.V.S (@AashishVS5) October 13, 2020
Why shame on Vijay Sethupathi.....?
Is all Srilankans oppose tamilans..?
Why???Pls stop this...He is a good bowler...he has a intresting and inspiring past
Please Stop This
Although he married a tamil woman..
The people who are doing the negative trend is mostly from one political party. During another movie problem their leader told "Padatha padama paarunga ". Now what the f*ck happend.#WeStandWithVijaySethupathi pic.twitter.com/1oP5OQZYRM— VSP_Rasigan (@vsp_rasigan) October 14, 2020
#MuthiahMuralidaran is a legendary cricketer with a record of 800 wickets. #800TheMovie is going to talk about the struggles he faced. Without knowing the story how can one oppose the movie..— Kaushik • RCB 👑❤️ (@SkAnnan_Veriyan) October 14, 2020
We Support You @VijaySethuOffl 🙏❤️#WeStandWithVijaySethupathi pic.twitter.com/6XL2f511lo
#WeStandWithVijaySethupathi— FeRoZe (@Ferozekha1) October 14, 2020
Why people are against Vijay sethupathi ?
"If Hollywood makes the film about Mahatma Gandhi, then why doesn't India make film about Murlidharan".
Atleast this time he need support#VijaySethupathi pic.twitter.com/yGkuep4KXK
800 is directed by MS Sripathy and is jointly produced by Movie Train Motion Pictures banner and Vivek Rangachari. Popular Malayalam actress Rajisha Vijayan is also said to be part of the film's cast.
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