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Kerala: Theatres to Screen Sarkar on Deepavali Day

The movie was mired in controversy after writer Varun Rajagopal accused director AR Murugadoss of copyright infringement.

Vijay fans, particularly the ones in Thrissur, rejoice! Karthika Theatre, a single screen theatre in the district’s Thalikulam village, is planning to screen the actor’s upcoming release, Sarkar, for 24 hours straight on the day of its release November 6, Deepavali day.

An official from Karthika Theatre said, “We do plan to screen Sarkar for 24 hours on Deepavali day, which is 6 November. That means we will screen 8 shows back-to-back in 24 hours. We have 411 seats, and tickets are priced at Rs 100 and Rs 140. Vijay’s movies are big successes in this area and in all of Kerala.”

The movie was recently mired in controversy after assistant director Varun Rajendran approached the Madras High Court alleging copyright infringement by the movie’s director AR Murugadoss, claiming that the plot bore an undeniable similarity to Rajendran’s own work Sengol, which he registered with the South Indian Writers’ Association in 2007.

Following the controversy, on Wednesday, Murugadoss and Rajendran reached an out-of-court settlement, as a result of which Rajendran will be given writing credits in the movie, clearing the way for its release on the planned date.

Vijay’s movies have always opened to great fanfare in Kerala, with his opening day records for Mersal in Kerala in 2017 even beating Mohanlal’s and Mammootty’s top opening day grossers. Mersal went on to become the highest grossing Tamil film in Kerala. In fact, of the top ten highest grossing Tamil films in Kerala, Vijay is the lead in six films.

The actor’s new movie Sarkar will release in 80 different countries. He plays a “corporate monster” from the US who comes to India to cast his vote, only to find that his vote has already been misused and cast by someone else.

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