Byline by- Vinayak Heliwal
A day after Tamil Nadu film star Vijay Sethupathi pulled out of Muttiah Muralitharan’s biopic titled ‘800’, trolls on social media made distasteful remarks about his family and issued rape threats to his daughter.
On Monday evening, rape threats were issued to the actor’s daughter so that he would understand the pain of Eelam Tamils.
The distasteful remark was made by a troll account after Vijay Sethupathi announced on Monday that he is no longer associated with the biopic. Vijay took to the decision of exiting the project after a section of people protested against his interest to star in the biopic on Muttiah Muralitharan, who hails from Sri Lanka, a country that oppressed Tamils.
The rape threat went viral and several people including celebrities like Chinmayi Sripaada condemned the behavior. Reporting the account and asking Chennai Police to take the action, Chinmayi tweeted: “
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Police have taken cognizance of the matter and written to Twitter India seeking more details about the account user.
Ever since it was announced that Vijay Sethupathi would play the Sri Lankan Spin legend, the project has had to face stiff opposition from all quarters.
The film is in the midst of the controversy due to Muttiah Murlitharan’s comments in favor of the Sri Lankan Civil War that killed thousands of Eelam Tamils.
In a recent statement, cricketer Muttiah said Muralitharan that the film is being politicized and that his comments were blown out of proportion. The cricketer also requested Vijay Sethupathi to opt-out of the film.
Directed by MS Sripathy,800 is a story that chronicles the life and struggles of Muttiah Muralitharan. The film produced by DAR Motion Pictures is expected to release in multiple languages.