Murlitharan film row: The new Tamil film portraying the life of Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan has sparked controversy. Several political leaders and many prominent film industry personalities in the state are protesting against Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi’s decision to play the lead role. The cricketer had a questionable political stand during the 26-year civil war involving the LTTE.
Congress MP Karti Chidambaram has tweeted on the controversy, "Will the fringe, of all spectrums, start deciding which actor can act as which character in any movie? Will they also decide on whom movies can be made? Perhaps they should issue an ”advisory” on historic and mythological characters that can and cannot be portrayed and by whom.", his tweet read.