Actor Vijay Sethupathi’s role in the upcoming film ‘800’ based on the biography of former Sri Lankan spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan is facing strong opposition.
As opposition to the 800 film has grown due to Muttiah Muralitharan’s political stance, let’s see when and where he said the controversial comments circulating in social media.
Rajapaksa is the right man to rule Sri Lanka:
In an interview with the Hindustan Times reports in November 2019, he denied that Muralitharan would be appointed Governor of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. Tamil Nadu politicians do not understand the problems of Sri Lankans. I support President Rajapaksa. Because he is the right person to lead our country. There was no progress many years before he came to power. Before the Rajapaksa’s rule the economy has collapsed and nothing has changed.”
2009 was the best year of my life:
Muralitharan’s reference to the events of his life during the election in 2019 and the year in which the end of the Sri Lankan war was declared to be the best year of his life, 2009 (at 5.23 minutes in the video), is still viewed as controversial.
Speaking at a forum organized with professionals and academics in support of SLPP presidential candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in 2019, Muttiah Muralitharan said, “I am a Tamil, we lived in fear. I was born in 1972. Then the government changed and the houses were burnt down. My father was also injured. At 1987/88, both sides, including the government and the LTTE, made mistakes. They had a choice. But in the end innocent people, not only Tamils but also others were injured. I used to go for training from Pelavatta in 1997-98. But, I was never able to go on Parliament Road. Bombs could fall on politicians at any moment. We always used bypasses. The people of Colombo lived in fear and the Tamils also lived in fear. The best year of my life was 2009. In this country we were able to go without any fear. ”
Prime Minister Cameron was misled:
A video of him speaking on social media has been shared, with Muralitharan saying that 20-30 mothers’ tears about the missing are not may be true and that they may be lying and deceiving the world.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron visited Sri Lanka in 2013. There he had met families who have not been able to return home for over 20 years. Cameron has called on the Sri Lankan government to improve conditions for the Tamil people, who still bear the effects of the 26-year civil war that ended in 2009. However, Muttiah Muralitharan said that a wrong view of Sri Lanka had been shown to Cameron and was being misled.” on November 2013
“Anything can happen in a two-sided war,” Muralitharan told Channel 4 News about David Cameron. So, we don’t even know the answer to what happened to the missing. At the same time, no one can figure it out. He has been misled. Prior to this, Cameron had never visited Jaffna or Sri Lanka. I don’t know if he came as a child. He has been told by others what happened and what happened. So, he may have wanted to visit Jaffna. 20-30 mothers come and cry, is that true?. You don’t know either. Because even those people can be misled. Therefore, it is difficult to know that this is the truth. ”