Vijay Sethupathi To Play Muttiah Muralitharan In The Legendary Off-Spinner's Biopic '800'

Vijay Sethupathi To Play Muttiah Muralitharan In The Legendary Off-Spinner’s Biopic ‘800’

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Vijay Sethupathi to play Muttiah Muralitharan's character [Photo-Screengrab]

Muttiah Muralitharan, the legendary and charismatic former Sri Lankan off-spinner, feels that Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi is best fit to play his role in his upcoming biopic ‘800’.

‘800’ will be the fast-paced, light-hearted reflection of the record wicket-taker’s life on the 70 mm screen and Murali feels that the Tamil actor will nail his much-revered bowling expressions brilliantly.

“Once the script was ready, we thought the best fit for this movie is non-other than Vijay Sethupathi. I think he is a very talented actor and he will nail the bowling expressions,” Muttiah Muralitharan said on Star Sports.

I trust Vijay completely as he is one of the greatest actors and I have complete faith that he’ll definitely do wonders for the film.” he added.


He is like a stamp’- Vijay Sethupathi on Muttiah Muralitharan

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Muttiah Muralitharan. Credit: Getty Images

Meanwhile, Vijay Sethupathi is rightfully ecstatic at the opportunity to play the life of one of the most colorful and divisive characters on a cricket field.

“It’s really nice to listen to his story and spend time with Murali sir. He is like a stamp, he makes a mark wherever he goes with his charming character and personality,” the actor said on Star Sports.

“I love his real life, because fans have seen him in matches on the field, but very few have got a chance to know Murli sir’s personality off the field. He’s very adorable and lovable. He’s such a beautiful person and his story needs to be told.” Sethupathi added.

The movie will be shot across Sri Lanka, UK, Australia, and India from early 2021 and is set to release at the end of the next year. It will primarily be shot in Tamil language but due to the raging popularity of Murali, the movie will be dubbed in Hindi, Bengali, and Sinhalese.

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