Vijay Sethupathi’s Muttiah Muralidaran’s biopic titled 800 was announced on Tuesday (October 13) with a motion poster. 24 hours later, the hashtag #ShameOnVijaySethupathi has been trending since morning. After the film’s announcement, several netizens are not happy with Vijay Sethupathi playing the Sri Lankan cricketer on screen as he hails from the country that oppressed Tamils.

Many pointed out that the Sri Lankan government was responsible for killing thousands of Tamils and treating them as minorities in the country. Director Seenu Ramasamy, too, requested Vijay Sethupathi to reconsider his decision of doing the film.

Here are some comments against Vijay Sethupathi

However, Vijay Sethupathi’s fans came to his rescue by defending him. Netizens pointed out that 800 is a biopic on cricketing legend Muttiah Muralitharan and not on any controversial event.

Here are some comments supporting Vijay Sethupathi:

In a press statement, Muttiah Muralitharan said, “Once the script was ready, we thought the best fit for this movie is non-other than Vijay Sethupathi. I think he is a very talented actor and he will nail the bowling expressions. I trust Vijay completely as he is one of the greatest actors and I have complete faith that he’ll definitely do wonders for the film.”

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