Rajinikanth has been warned by some to not take the role of Tipu Sultan citing his attack on Tamil people, while a fatwa was issued against AR Rahman, after he composed the music of Muhammad: The Messenger of God. Prakash Raj said: "You ban meat, you ban porn; don't voters have rights? The bubble will burst soon"
According to Hindu Munani leader Rama Gopalan, Tipu Sultan was 'anti-Tamil' and hence no Tamil actors including Rajinikanth should star in the film. He also said that the film will reportedly be an attempt to portray Tipu Sultan as a freedom fighter