Director of ‘Sarkar’ refuses to back down, will retain right to criticize AIADMK

CHENNAI: ‘Sarkar’ director A R Murugadoss on Wednesday refused to give an undertaking that he would not criticize the 
AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu in his future movies. The government had demanded the undertaking as a condition to not oppose his anticipatory bail application, drawing protests from the film industry and civil society.

“The petitioner will not give any undertaking as demanded by the prosecution. It is against his fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution. Moreover, no citizen of this country has the right to waive off his fundamental rights,” counsel for the director said. Let them (prosecution) register a case if offence is made out, he added.

Recording the submissions, Justice G K Ilanthiraiyan granted two weeks for the state to register a case if a cognizable offence was made out and directed that Murugadoss shall not be arrested till then.

The issue pertains to objections raised by AIADMK workers soon after the release of the movie. They tore up its posters protesting against scenes they claimed depicted former chief minister J Jayalalithaa and the state government’s freebie schemes in bad light. AIADMK leaders said the director would be arrested for sedition.

Apprehending arrest, Murugadoss approached the high court on November 9 seeking anticipatory bail.


AIADMK workers were hurt by film: Prosecutor

Registering strong opposition to the bail application, public prosecutor A Natarajan demanded that the director give an undertaking that he would not criticise the policies of the government in his future movies.

He contended that the feelings of AIADMK cadres had

been hurt by the movie attacking Jayalalithaa’s scheme of distributing free mixies and grinders. One of the villainous characters in the movie was named Komalavalli (Jayalalithaa’s early name) in a direct reference to the former chief minister, and this had led to a grave law and order situation, he added.

Some scenes in the movie were edited out and the name Komalavalli was beeped out following the protests.

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