Sarkar is a action and drama movie written and directed by AR Murugadoss and produced by Kalanithi Maran under the banner Sun Pictures. The dialogues were co-written by Murugadoss and B. Jeyamohan. The movie stars Vijay, Keerthy Suresh, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Yogi Babu and Radha Ravi. It follows Sundar Ramaswamy, a non-resident Indian (NRI) who arrives in India from the United States to cast his vote in the election, only to find his vote has already been recorded as cast. Ramaswamy raises awareness against electoral fraud among the masses, and decides to contest as a nonpartisian politician in the elections. After various complications, including protests and allegations of plagiarism, Sarkar was released on 6 November 2018, during the week of Diwali. It received mixed reviews; while Vijay’s performance, concept and cinematography was praised, both the screenplay and sequences were criticised. Post-release, the film involved in controversies with reference to Jayalalithaa in the film’s audio track and other sequences from the film led to protests by members of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. After lawsuits were registered against the makers, the said allusions were muted. Sarkar has grossed ₹260 crore worldwide, and has emerged as a commercial success. Sarkar is the highest grossing south Indian film of 2018, overtaking Bollywood and Telugu hits like Gold, Raazi and Rangasthalam. Sarkar collected US$1 million at the U.S box office after Theri and Mersal. As a result of the film’s success, the Election Commission of India created awareness regarding Section 49P of the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961 that allows a voter to have the right to get back his/her ballot back and vote if someone else voted in that individual’s name. In the movie, Sarkar Sundar Ramasamy is an NRI businessman who returns home to cast his vote in elections but when reach to cast the vote, his vote has already been recorded as cast. Then learns about the practice of illegal voting. When he decides to investigate the matter, he finds himself pitted against two corrupt politicians.