11 min read.Updated: 08 Mar 2019, 05:07 AM ISTLata Jha
While Bollywood superstars flounder at the box office, stars in South Indian movies continue to reign supreme
New Delhi: In the middle of the 2018 Diwali season, a strange spectacle played out in the movie landscape of Tamil Nadu. In the most consequential blockbuster window of the year, actor Vijay’s political action film Sarkar ran into trouble with the state’s ruling party, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), over its depiction of the late politician Jayalalithaa and her welfare schemes. What followed is eerily reminiscent of how things play out in India when some people consider a movie to be offensive. Sarkar’s posters were vandalized, movie theatres witnessed violent protests, and the producer of the film, Sun Pictures, was forced to delete certain controversial scenes that depicted freebies given by a political party being thrown into the fire.