Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi has confirmed via social media that he is withdrawing from the controversial Muthiah Muralidaran biopic '800'

The actor tweeted a letter written by the former Sri Lankan cricketer, requesting him to withdraw from the film, accompanied with the words "Thank you, goodbye" in Tamil.

https://twitter.com/VijaySethuOffl/status/1318126679445950464

In his statement, the legendary cricketer wrote: "I am issuing this statement as there has been controversy around my biopic 800. Due to misconception, several people were pressing actor Vijay Sethupathi to drop out of 800 the film.

"I dont want one of the finest actor's in Tamil Nadu to face any kind of trouble. Hence, I request him to drop out of the project. There should be no obstacles for Vijay Sethupathi in the future because of this movie."

"I never get tired of obstacles. I have reached this position only by facing and overcoming obstacles. I accepted this biopic because I thought the movie will inspire and provide confidence to aspiring young cricketers."

"I am sure that the makers will overcome these hurdles. They have promised me that they will make an announcement regarding this soon. I will stand by their decisions."

"I wholeheartedly thank the press, politicians, fans of Vijay Sethupathi, and most importantly, the people of Tamil Nadu who supported me in these circumstances."

The controversy over the biopic '800' stems from the perception that Muralidaran is a supporter of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was at the helm during almost 30 years of civil war that gripped the island nation. The war affected the Malayaga Tamils, with Indian-lineage, to a great extent.