CHENNAI: Actor Vijay Sethupathi has withdrawn from “800,” a biopic planned on Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan.
“Nandri. Vanakkam,” the actor tweeted on Monday evening, in response to a statement from the Sri Lankan cricketer who had requested Vijay Sethupathi to withdraw from the film keeping the latter’s film career in mind.
“Nandri Vanakkam – indicates that everything has come to an end,” Vijay Sethupathi said, when he visited the residence of Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami to condole the death of the CM’s mother. He offered floral tributes to the portrait of chief minister’s mother Thavusayammal, who died last week, and had a chat with Palaniswami.
Earlier, Muralitharan said he understood that Vijay Sethupathi was being pressurised by some sections to not to act in the film. “Sensing that the fine actor’s future films too could land in problem, I am requesting him to withdraw himself from this film,” Muralitharan said in a statement.
“The idea behind the biopic was to give an opportunity for young cricketers to understand my life. I have overcome many obstacles in my cricketing career, and this is one more. I will overcome this too. I am sure the makers will soon announce a new start to the film,” he said in the statement.
Several Dravidian outfits and others in the state had urged Vijay Sethupathi not to play the role of Muralitharan in the film as the cricketer had supported the Sinhalese during the civil war and had not spoken up for Tamils.