Vijay Sethupathi Pulls Out Of Muttiah Muralitharan Biopic After Letter From Ex-Cricketer

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Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi has withdrawn from the Muttiah Muralitharan biopic 800 following a letter from the former Sri Lankan cricketer requesting his withdrawal.

Vijay Sethupathi’s publicist Yuvaraj confirmed the development to The NewsMinute.

The actor also tweeted the letter written to him by Muralitharan, and said “Thank you, goodbye”.

Read: Why Vijay Sethupathi Faced Massive Backlash For Lead Role In Muttiah Muralitharan Biopic

Sethupathi had faced massive backlash for taking on the lead role in the biopic, with the public, politicians and Tamil film industry veterans criticising the popular actor and urging him to withdraw from the film.

Muralitharan’s close relationship with Gotabaya Rajapaksa, his support for the politician and his comments on the civil war in Sri Lanka have made him a controversial public figure among Tamilians.

While Muralitharan and Dar Motion Pictures, the producers of the film, had said the movie was only a sports biography and it would not make any political statement, their claim had been countered by critics who said the cricketer’s politics could not be separated from the story of his life.

Muralitharan’s letter to Sethupathi said, “Keeping in mind that Vijay Sethupathi should not face any unnecessary hurdles in future, I request him to withdraw from this film,” TNM quoted.

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