Amid speculation that Rajinikanth’s next film with director Pa Ranjith will be based on the life of Mumbai underworld don, late Haji Mastan Mirza, a Tamil Muslim who had migrated to Mumbai, a warning letter from Sundar Shaekhar, who claims that he is an adopted son of the don, has asked the star not to depict Haji Mastan as a ‘smuggler and an underworld don’ in the movie. Any such attempt will attract legal action, a letter from him to the superstar said.
Shekhar, Chairman of the Bharatiya Minorities Surakasha Mahasangh, has threatened the actor, in a video that has gone viral, of consequences if Mastan is portrayed wrongly.
Rajnikanth will be playing Mastan in a movie based on his life and times. The movie is tentatively titled ‘Godfather’.
“The movie must be real account of Haji’s story and not a fabricated one. If there is any objectionable element in the movie, members of my party and I will not spare Rajnikant,” said Shekhar in the video.
“You are depicting my godfather and a well known national political leader as a smuggler and underworld don, which are highly unacceptable, and I strongly oppose such misrepresentation of my godfather,” Shekhar has stated in a letter to Rajnikanth.
“Depicting him as smuggler and underworld don is highly unacceptable and defamatory. He was never convicted in any court for smuggling or underworld activities,” he said.
He further said that it would be apt for Rajnikanth to discuss about the life of Haji Masthan with him.
“I am interested in making a biopic on him as am a producer and a registered life time member of Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association,” he said.
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