AIADMK up in arms against Sarkar

The ruling AIADMK is up in arms against Tamil film star Vijay's Diwali release Sarkar for its reported reference to former chief minister J Jayalalithaa, besides the alleged depiction of certain government schemes in bad light. Senior AIADMK ministers demanded that the contentious scenes be deleted, and threatened to initiate legal action if the latter failed to comply.

Fisheries minister D Jayakumar wanted to know why certain references deemed to be that to the late Jayalalithaa had found their way into the script.

However, rebel AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran claimed Jayalalithaa was never addressed by the name mentioned in the film but charged commercial intent behind showing the AIADMK's 'freebies' in bad light. Law minister C Ve Shanmugham said certain scenes amounted to inciting violence and warned of action. "The scenes relating to burning of items disbursed under government welfare schemes amount to inciting violence. Whether it is the producer (Sun Pictures) or actor (Vijay), or theatres-- they will have to face action," he told reporters.

DMK leader Pazha Karuppiah, who has played the antagonist's role in the film, wanted to know how scenes of a movie could be deleted after the Censor Board had cleared it.

Reports suggested that certain scenes show grinder, mixers and fans being burnt, seen as an obvious reference to the late Jayalalithaa's flagship schemes of providing these items free of cost, in line with an electoral promise in 2011.

AIADMK workers staged a protest outside a theatre in Madurai demanding that certain scenes be removed. A show was also cancelled. Workers said they would not allow the film to be screened till "derogatory" scenes and dialogues were removed, the police said. At some movie halls in Coimbatore and Chennai, banners of the film and that of Vijay were damaged allegedly by AIADMK supporters.

Some AIADMK workers staged a sit-in at a theatre in Coimbatore seeking a ban on the film.