Murali breaks silence on ‘800’ controversy

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 19 2020
Sports Murali breaks silence on ‘800’ controversy

Muttiah Muralitharan has spoken out about the controversy surrounding the release of his biopic ‘800’. The film, which recollects his journey from the turbulent times of war and chaos in Sri Lankan society to his legendary bowling status, traces Murali’s journey in style. The role will be essayed by Tamil superstar Vijay Sethupathi, famous for his roles in Aandavan Kaatalai and Sethupathi. A tweet released by a journalist which put out a statement titled ‘From the Desk of Muthiah Muralidaran’, goes on to elaborate about his struggles.

In the letter which was carried on The News Minute website, Muralitharan reveals that the reason this issue has become controversial is because of the misunderstandings that surround his statement that 2009 was the best year in his life. In that year, Sri Lanka’s Army eliminated the Tamil Tigers in a brutal battle that saw thousands killed. The end result was the destruction of the LTTE and the death of Prabhakaran.

“Isn’t it natural for someone to feel the relief when the war ends? I made that statement keeping in mind that for the past 10 years we have not had any loss of lives. I never supported the killing of innocent lives; I never will. According to me, Sinhalese, hill-country Tamils and Eelam Tamils are all the same. As a hill-country Tamil man, I have helped the Eelam Tamils more than I have my own people. It may not sound right to count all that one has done, but today I am forced to do that,” Muralitharan said.

Societal struggles

In the letter, Muralitharan has outlined the travails of both Hill Country Tamils and Eelam Tamils. The Eelam Tamils are descendants from the old kingdom of Jaffna while the Hill Country Tamils are Indian-Tamil descendants of the bonded labourers who migrated to Sri Lanka during the 19th century to work in tea plantations. Muralitharan’s family started their life as tea plantation workers in the hills of Sri Lanka. From all the riots of the 1970s - in which Muralitharan lost his father - to the full-fledged war for 26 years, the Sri Lanka off spinner understood the pains of war, and he also said that it was not his fault if he was born in Sri Lanka.


CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 19 2020

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