Vijay-starrer Sarkar runs to packed houses in theatres, the movie has ruffled feathers in the AIADMK government.
AIADMK cadres staged a protest outside theatres in Madurai, Coimbatore and Chennai. The cadres tore down posters and banners of the movie.
Several ministers have objected to certain scenes which allegedly attack the welfare schemes introduced by late chief minister J Jayalalithaa.
Tamil Nadu law minister C Ve Shanmugam, on Wednesday, came down heavily on actor Vijay and makers of Sarkar.
The minister accused that the makers of Sarkar are instigating violence in the state and trying to overthrow a democratically elected government.
Addressing the media, the law minister said, “Everyone has the right to criticise the movie. Be it an actor or a common man. But, in the garb of making a film, the movie criticises government schemes.”
He further accused Vijay of acting with vested interests on the advice of ‘foreign players’.
“Just like how extremist and Naxalites work to overthrow an elected government, the makers of the movie have behaved in a similar fashion trying to create an unrest in TN with help of foreign elements,” he said.
Meanwhile, fisheries minister D Jayakumar threatened legal action against the producers and questioned why they did not come forward to do a movie when the late chief minister J Jayalalithaa was alive.
“It has become a fashion for filmmakers to criticise the government. We would have appreciated their guts had they made a similar movie when Amma was alive. They want to project themselves as MGR,” he said.
Due to lack of a stiff competition at the box office, Sarkar has already joined the 100-crore-club in just two days. According to trade reports, the movie has surpassed the collections of Baahubali 2 in Tamil Nadu.
Freebies, the mainstay of Dravidian politics not just helped the parties to win elections but also elevated the socio-economic status of the state.
“AIADMK is an anti-people government. Every single criticism against the government makes them feel jittery. Statements made by ministers shows their insecurity that they can’t even stand a movie which based on fiction,” quipped A Saravanan, spokesperson of the DMK.