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AIADMK Attacks Rajinikanth For Remarks On Protests Against Sarkar

AIADMK hit out at Tamil superstar Rajinikanth today for slamming its protests against certain scenes in the Vijay-starrer “Sarkar”, saying a mere censor certification would not justify contentious scenes.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.

Mr Rajinikanth had lashed out at the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) yesterday for its protests against certain scenes in actor Vijay’s Diwali release, “Sarkar”, questioning the rationale behind protesting against a film certified by the censor board.He had “strongly condemned” the demands for deletion of scenes in the film.A write-up in AIADMK mouthpiece “Namathu Puratchi Thalaivi Amma” questioned Mr Rajinikanth’s statement on how demands for removal of scenes from a film certified by the censor board could be made.”Top star, give a frank response. If you find a lizard inside a packed food product that has all certifications, will you throw it away or consume it saying it has the required certifications,” it said.It asked the veteran star to “advise” the film’s director, AR Murugadoss, and not defend “a mistake” by showing the censor certificate.Even if a “misinformation” in a film passed the censor test, it “has to be stopped”, it said in an apparent defence of the protests against the scenes and the demand for their removal.The makers of “Sarkar” had yesterday removed certain “objectionable” scenes and “muted” an apparent reference to late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa as the Sun Pictures venture faced a backlash from the AIADMK over the depiction of its welfare schemes and its leader.

The AIADMK was up in arms against “Sarkar” with senior ministers demanding deletion of the scenes reportedly showing mixer-grinders being burnt, seen as an obvious reference to a freebie scheme involving the object.

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