Vijay Sethupathi pulls out of Muttiah Muralitharan biopic '800'

Chennai: Vijay Sethupathi has confirmed that he is withdrawing from the Muttiah Muralitharan biopic '800' which has been in controversy for days now.

The actor tweeted a letter written by the former Sri Lankan cricketer, requesting him to withdraw from the film, accompanied with the words "Thank you, goodbye" in Tamil.

Ever since the actor’s first look from the project came out on October 13, several objections were raised by the Tamil community. The allegations said that Muralitharan was a supporter of the Rajapaksa government in Sri Lanka which is accused of committing genocide against the Tamil people.

On social media, the hashtag #ShameonVijaySethupathi trended as several users asked the actor not to be associated with the film.