Actor Karthi, who is awaiting the release of Lokesh Kanagaraj’s Kaithi, is presently shooting for Sulthan. Directed by Bakkiyaraj Kannan, the film is produced by Dream Warrior Pictures and marks Rashmika Mandanna’s foray into Kollywood.
On September 24, the makers of Sulthan were supposed to wrap up the shooting, but it was stalled when protestors started hurling abuses against the team causing a huge ruckus. The shooting was happening at the Malaikottai in Dindigul with necessary permission when the protest took place.
It is said that these protestors belong to Hindu Munnani Katchi. They assumed that the film was based on Tipu Sulthan and wanted the makers not to shoot the film in the temple. After cops showed up at the shooting spot, the issue was resolved.
In a detailed statement, Dream Warrior Pictures revealed that the film is not about Tipu Sultan nor his life. Explaining the incident in detail, the statement also stressed on the fact that people take offence to everything these days and it curbs the freedom of the filmmaker.
The statement is translated as, “Of late, people have begun to attack films for their own publicity. The censor board should decide what a film must show and not show. Apart from this, it is a filmmaker’s choice to choose what he wants to showcase in his venture. This is a basic right that we have been given. We strongly condemn any organisation or individual attacking the freedom of creative artistes.”
Meanwhile, SR Prabhu of Dream Warrior Pictures spoke to Deccan Chronicle about the issue. He revealed, “We were shooting for the last few days at Malaikottai after taking prior permission. September 24 was actually the final day of the shoot and our cast and crew were almost wrapping up the shoot when, all of a sudden, the people who are supposed to be from Hindu Munnani started protesting. It was not clear about what they were creating such a commotion.”
In an earlier press statement, the makers revealed that Sulthan is an action-comedy entertainer. The film also has Yogi Babu and Mansoor Ali Khan in supporting roles. Composer Vivek-Mervin has been roped in to score the music for the film.
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