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Honoured that an accomplished actor like Vijay Sethupathi will be playing me in my biopic: Muttiah Muralitharan

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Honoured that an accomplished actor like Vijay Sethupathi will be playing me in my biopic: Muttiah Muralitharan

Recently, we had reported about legendary Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan getting a biopic. Tamil star Vijay Sethupathi has been confirmed to play Murali’s part in it. The movie which is said to be titled as ‘800’ will be directed by MS Sripathi. It will be made in Tamil and released in several other languages. Dar Motion Pictures is producing it in association with another leading South Indian production house. It has been planned to be shot across India, England, Srilanka and a couple of other countries.

In a statement, Vijay Sethupathi has said that he feels proud to be be part of the Muttiah Muralitharan biopic. He said, “Portraying the role of Murali is going to be a challenge for me and I’m looking forward to it. I’m delighted that Murali himself will be closely involved with the project and guiding me on the cricketing aspects. I’m thankful to both Murali and the producers for the faith they have bestowed on me.”

Muttiah Muralitharan added that he felt honoured that an accomplished actor such as Vijay Sethupathi will be playing him in the biopic. “I’m glad to be collaborating with Dar Motion Pictures on the film. We are looking at a late 2020 release date. I have been actively collaborating with the creative team for the past several months and I’ll continue to support this project through its duration.”

Muralitharan is unarguably one of the greatest spinners to have played the game of cricket. A Tamilian by birth, Murali was born and brought up in Sri Lanka. He made his cricketing debut in 1992 and played for Sri Lanka till 2011. Even after eight years from his retirement, he still holds the world record for the most number of wickets in both test (800) and one-day cricket (534).

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