AIADMK member P Satish Kumar has named producer Gnanavel Raj, music director Anirudh Ravichander and lyricist Mani Amuthavanan in his petition.

Case against Sodakku song from TSK AIADMK leader alleges it defames politicians
news Controversy Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 13:49

While the people of Tamil Nadu may be enjoying music director Anirudh Ravichander’s latest chartbuster Sodakku from the movie Thaana Serndha Kootam, the song seems to have rubbed members of the ruling party the wrong way.

A secretary of the party’s women’s wing in Chennai has filed a case in the High Court alleging that the song defames politicians, and encourages people to chase and beat them.

AIADMK member P Satish Kumar has named producer Gnanavel Raj, music director Anirudh Ravichander and lyricist Mani Amuthavanan in his petition.

“I heard the song Sodakku mela sodakku podu from the movie Thaana Serndha Kootam, music composed by 3rd respondent (Anirudh) and 4th respondent (Mani). In that song a line, clearly defamatory, indicates that politicians should be destroyed and must be beaten and punished, through lyrics as follows: Veratty veratty velukka thonuthu. Also, it is mentioned clearly that politicians are dirty, and they should be chased and beaten by the people,” reads the petition.

The petitioner claims that the line should be removed from the song as it will create law and order problems in the form of protests against politicians. His complaint to the police on the matter allegedly yielded no result forcing him to go to court.

He provides grounds for his petition to remove the line as well. He says: “The objectionable line from the song... creates enmity between politicians and youngsters of Tamil Nadu. The disputed line of the song will create a wrong opinion against the government.”

Directed by Vignesh Shivan, the movie is a remake of the Bollywood hit Special 26, which had Akshay Kumar and Kajal Agarwal in the lead roles, and is set against the backdrop of incidents that happened in the late 1980s. The movie even has a scene in the second half where a dig is taken at VK Sasikala over her conviction in a corruption case.

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