Murali responds to criticism for his biopic starring Vijay Sethupathi

Murali responds to criticism for his biopic starring Vijay Sethupathi

Murali responds to criticism for his biopic starring Vijay Sethupathi

After a bevvy of celebrities requested Makkal Selvan Vijay Sethupathi to opt out of Muthaiah Muralitharan biopic ” 800 ” , the Sri Lankan off spinning legend has issued an official statement.

He has made a sharp worded reply to certain Tamil cinema personalities chiding actor Vijay Sethupathi for accepting to profile him in the biopic ‘800′ Movie.

“As far as I’m concerned, the mountain Tamils (Indian-origin Tamil-speaking settlers), Eelam Tamils, and the Sinhalas are the same. My contributions for the development of the Eelam Tamils is much more than what I’ve done for my own — the Mountain Tamils,” said Muralitharan in a statement.

He also laid bare the stark nature of his childhood “There was no surety that the boy I played with at school will return the next day. Those stepping out of the house seldom had any assurance that they would return home. My father was greivously assaulted. Many of my relatives have perished,” he said.

“I was hesitant at first when the producers approached to make a movie on my life. But, later, I thought the movie would be the right opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of my parents, teachers, coaches and co-players in my success,” he said.

He also clarified about a statement he made last year.

“There has been a distortion of my opinion expressed last year. I had said that 2009 was when I enjoyed the happiest day of my life. I had said this last year and this was made out as though the massacre of Eelam Tamils was a happy development for Muthaiah Muralitharan. You should please try to understand that I had made that statement as an expression of relief that there have not been any loss of life on both sides over the last 10 years.”

Muralitharan claimed that when the civil war first broke out, it was Malayaga Tamils, with Indian-lineage, who were the first ones to be affected.

“I know by experience the horrors and the pains that are caused by the war. We lived amid a war in Sri Lanka for more than 30 years. And how I managed to join the cricket team and tasted success despite these circumstances is what 800 is all about,” he added.
“I am perceived wrongly just because I was part of Sri Lankan cricket team. If I had born in India, I would have tried to be part of the Indian cricket team. Is it my mistake that I was born a Sri Lankan Tamil? And people who don’t know my life, some in ignorance and some for political reasons, paint me as a person against the Tamil community. And it causes me pain. Even as my reasons won’t pacify my detractors, and on the other side, there is only false news about me that is being shared. I give this explanation to people who are neutral and common people,” he concluded.

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Murali responds to criticism for his biopic starring Vijay Sethupathi

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