Trouble has erupted even before a film has been officially launched. The person at the receiving end is none other than superstar Rajinikanth, with the Hindu Munnani in the State warning him not to star in the lead role in the film on Mysore’s Tipu Sultan as he is considered an ‘enemy’ of Hinduism.
Popular Sandalwood producer Ashok Kheny had said recently that he wanted to make a film on the famed Tipu Sultan and was about to request Rajini to essay the lead role in it. Even before he could commence his talks with Rajini, Hindu Munnani in Tamil Nadu has strongly objected to the very idea of making a film on Tipu Sultan and casting Rajini in the lead role in such a film.
“Tipu Sultan has killed scores of Tamils and it won’t be appropriate for Rajini, who holds Tamils in high regard, to essay Tipu’s role in a film,” Rama Gopala, State president of the Hindu Munnani, has said.
“Late and legendary MGR, in his autobiography Naan Yaen Pirandhen, had stated that the main reason for his ancestors, who were earlier residing at Pollachi, to migrate to Kerala, was because of Tipu’s war on them and his merciless killing of Tamils. Tipu Sultan is a huge enemy of Hindus and Hinduism and we would never allow any film on him to be screened in Tamil Nadu,” Gopalan added further.