Vijay Sethupathi to play lead role in biopic of Muttiah Muralitharan

Biopic on the cricketers is very common these days and the next biopic in line is that of the former Sri Lankan off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan. The famous Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi will play the lead role in the movie.

Muralitharan is the most successful spinner in the history of Test match cricket as he is the only bowler till date who has got a total of 800 wickets to his name in the longest format of the game.

There were a lot of ups and downs in Murali’s career and he had to go through a time when his bowling action was deemed susceptible and the umpires called his deliveries no balls on the field itself as they thought he was chucking.


However, Murali came back from all those setbacks and reached great heights of success, playing all three formats for Sri Lanka for a long period of time.

Muttiah Muralitharan has got special connections with India

Murali has special connections with India as well, as he is not only married to an Indian girl, he has also been associated with the Indian Premier League (IPL) since its inception.


The 48-year old has been an IPL winner with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and he is currently a mentor at Sunrisers Hyderabad. So, India is like second home for Murali.

But, some Tamil people are not happy that a Tamil actor will play the lead role in Murali’s biopic because Murali is from Sri Lanka and the Tamil people were oppressed in Sri Lanka for a long time in the past.

Just as the news broke that Vijay Sethupathi had agreed to work in Murali’s biopic, people expressed their displeasure on twitter and at one point of time, #ShameonVijaySethupathi was trending on twitter.


It will be interesting what reactions the biopic receives from the Tamil audience when it eventually releases on the big screen. However, there is no doubt about the fact that the movie will be full of thrilling moments and the moments of glory.


I write a bit on cricket and I am more interested in technical and tactical side of the game, rather than bravado.

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