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 then.
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.
The title 800 signifies the 800 wickets that Muralitharan took in his two-decade long career. The shooting of 800 will go on floors in early 2021 and will hit the marquee by the end of 2021. 800, which is being made in Tamil, will be shot in Sri Lanka, UK, Australia and India.
Directed by MS Sripathy, the film has music composed by Sam CS.