Sarkar has been edited and re-censored after members of AIADMKprotested against the portrayal of government schemes and former chief minister JJayalalithaa in the film.
The Madras High Court on Friday restrained Chennai city police from arresting Sarkar director A.R. Murugadoss till November 27 in connection with a complaint lodged against him for allegedly inciting hatred against the government through the movie.
The cuts effected were "voluntary" with the approval of the Central Board of Film Certification, they said. Also a woman character's name, apparently referring to the late AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa, was muted after backlash from the ruling party workers.
"We have nothing to do with the film or Vijay", he said, even as he described the star as a 'dear friend'.
The AIADMK has been staging protests across TN theatres seeking the removal of some scenes from the movie.
The AIADMK ministers demanded deletion of the contentious scenes, besides threatening to initiate legal action if the film crew failed to comply.
With the said scene announced to be removed, a new and re-edited version of Sarkar will begin playing in theatres from today (09.11.2018).
The AIAMDK government under late J. Jayalalithaa offered free mixer, grinder, laptops and others to the poor. The scene is a swipe at the freebie culture that exists in Tamil Nadu.
Tamil Nadu politics turned ugly on Thursday night after a sensational tweet by Sun Pictures, the makers of controversial film Sarkar, said that cops had arrived at the residence of film director AR Murugadoss to arrest him.
Produced by Sun Pictures, the film stars Vijay and Keerthi Suresh in key roles with Oscar victor A R Rahman scoring the music.
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