On Friday, Sri Lankan cricketer Muthiah Muralidharan issued a clarification statement saying that he is not against Tamils. "When the makers approached me to make a film on my life story, I was hesitant. But later, I thought that the biopic will shed the light on the struggles of my parents, coaches, and those who have helped me so gave my nod to the producers", said Muralidharan.
"Since I was born in Sri Lanka, played for the country. If my birthplace was India, would've played for that country. Was it my mistake to have Sri Lanka as my birthplace?", asked Muralidharan who also added that he mentioned 2009 was the happiest year because there were no deaths on the battlefield from both sides for the past ten years? "I'm not supporting genocide and I will never do that. My parents always had low self-esteem and they thought of themselves as second-class citizen in Sri Lanka. I want Tamils to come up in life and grow self-confidence", said the cricketer who also listed out that his NGO helped Eelam Tamils and he also helped them during Tsunami.
However, Tamil activists continue to oppose the biopic. While Radhika and others supported Sethupathi, director Seenu Ramasamy said that cricket coaching will not impact the country but playing the lead in the biopic of someone who stood against Tamils will.
It is worth saying here that Radhika asked why people didn't question Kalanithi Maran when he appointed Muralidharan as the head coach of Sun Risers Hyderabad.
"Can Shah Rukh Khan play the lead in Imran Khan's biopic? We are also opposing Muthiah Muralidharan's biopic for the same reason", said director Seenu Ramasamy who gave the first big break to Vijay Sethupathi.
Actor Parthiepan who partnered with Vijay Sethupathi in Naanum Rowdy Dhaan has also requested the actor to opt-out of the biopic.