Controversial Movie About Cricket Legend Creates Dissatisfaction Among the Tamil Community

The controversy isn’t focused on the movie itself, but instead around Muralitharan. The latter is regarded as a “traitor” by the Tamil community, as he is viewed to be supportive of the Sri Lankan government and specifically the Rajapaksa brothers. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were brutally crushed in May 2009 ending a long civil war in Sri Lanka. At the time, the Sri Lankan government was under President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is now prime minister. His younger brother, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, defense secretary when the war ended, is the current president of Sri Lanka. Both brothers are accused of having committed human rights violations against the Tamils in their quest to end the war on favorable terms.

Since the end of war, Muralitharan has established close contact with the Rajapaksa brothers. He participated in Gotabaya’s election campaign in 2019. Muralitharan has also supported his younger brother Muttiah Prabhakaran as he contested in the parliamentary elections in 2020 as a candidate of the Gotabaya-led Sri Lanka People’s Front from Nuwara-Eliya…

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