"We have nothing to do with the film or Vijay", Raju said describing the star as a "dear friend".
Vijay's Sarkar has finally given up under the enormous pressure from the ruling AIADMK and its makers have agreed to edit parts of the movie seen critical of the ruling party, and former chief minister J Jayalalithaa who died in 2016. "I condemn this act".
"It is against the law to hold protests seeking removal of some scenes from a Censor board certified film and trying to stall the screening and damaging the banners", he tweeted. He "strongly condemned" the demands for deletion of scenes.
"The scene where freebies like mixies are thrown into fire has been removed", Tirupur Subramaniam, industry spokesman and president of the Tamil Nadu Exhibitors' Association, told TOI on Friday evening. The movie is directed by AR Murugadoss and has Keerthy Suresh as the female lead and Varalaxmi Sarath Kumar playing the antagonist. It said that the freebie system bridges the gap between the rich and the poor.
Further, taking on actor Vijay, Murugadoss and Sun Pictures' Maran Brothers, it said these "affluent" people might "look down upon freebies" but the Amma canteens served thousands of aspiring filmmakers in the tinsel town.
Much like the visuals from the film, the fans reacted to the cuts by burning, breaking and throwing mixers, grinders, laptops and TVs that were freely provided to them over the years as part of government schemes.
It lashed out at the film crew for naming a character apparently referring to Jayalalithaa. Taking a swipe at actor Vijay's reported political ambitions, it said he was "dreaming that he can become the Chief Minister just by mouthing emotional dialogues against the government".