The news that Vijay Sethupathi will be playing the role of Muthiah in the film which tells the life story of Muthiah Muraleedharan came out last day. However, there was strong opposition in Tamil Nadu to Vijay Sethupathi’s performance in the film. The agitation in Tamil Nadu was for a popular actor like Vijay Sethupathi to act in the film. The opposition was raised to make a film based on the life story of a man like Muttiah Muralitharan and starring Vijay Sethupathi in it. With this, Muthiah himself requested Vijay Sethupathi to withdraw from the film. Apart from this, Vijay Sethupathi has said that he is withdrawing from the film.
Muttiah Muraleedharan has said that he does not want Vijay Sethupathi, one of the best actors in Tamil Nadu, to have any problems. In a letter to Vijay Sethupathi, Muttiah said that there should not be any obstacles in front of Vijay Sethupathi in the future due to this film. Vijay Sethupathi said that the producers will find another replacement for him and the film will be released soon. Vijay Sethupathi tweeted a statement released in Tamil by Muttiah Muraleedharan and replied, “Thank you, goodbye.”
The film, which chronicles the life of a Sri Lankan cricketer who killed Tamils, has drawn criticism on social media and outside that it is an insult to play a Tamil Nadu man. People say that Muttiah Muralitharan is close to Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, a Sinhala leader who has been criticized by Tamil organizations as anti-Tamil and Sinhala racist. However, the makers of the film said that it was meant to be a sports film and would not hurt the Tamil sentiment in any way. The cast and crew are yet to say whether they will leave the film or find another hero and move on with the film.