"I strongly condemn these", he added. Ever since its release, many AIADMK ministers and party cadres expressed their displeasure over certain scenes in the film.
After removing the scene featuring Murugadoss and muting the character name of Varalakshmi, the film has been recensored and uploaded on the QUBE. Meanwhile, the film's director AR Murugadoss has also filed a petition and got anticipatory bail in Madras High Court.
As the controversy was around the government's freebies schemes, the ruling party in Tamil Nadu equated those to providing reservation benefits to the deprived classes.
It's not easy these days to be in political space and one must agree that the films that are made with political backdrop have become the soft targets, especially, in Tamil Nadu. Referring to the movie industry as "blood suckers", the chief minister also defended the protests surrounding "Sarkar".More news: President Trump on Florida, Georgia Election Ballot Chaos: "Blame the Russians"
"We have nothing to do with the film or Vijay", Raju said describing the star as a "dear friend". He too tweeted that a government that can't accept criticism can go off the tangent. "To protest for the removal of certain scenes from the movie after the Censor Board issued certification, and destroying banners are against the law".
The AIADMK ministers demanded deletion of the contentious scenes, besides threatening to initiate legal action if the film crew failed to comply.
Much like the visuals from the film, the fans reacted to the cuts by burning, breaking and throwing mixers, grinders, laptops and TVs that were freely provided to them over the years as part of government schemes.