Tamil movie Mersal dialogues snowball into a major controversy

Posted October 24, 2017

Sreedhar Pillai spelled out the BJP's contention in a Firstpost piece, "One of the characters in the film says that GST in Singapore is just seven per cent and medical treatment is free while in India it is an all time high - 28 percent - and corporate hospitals continue to milk poor patients".

Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan had on Friday asked for a scene to be removed from the film.

"I don't think there is a need to remove portions in Mersal that addresses the GST and other issues".

The controversy over leading Tamil actor, Vijay's "Mersal" is still raging in Tamil Nadu.

In another scene, Vadivelu is seen making a dig at PM Modi's digital India and that may not be cut as it apparently skipped the BJP's attention.

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Although the lead cast Vijay hasn't come up with any comment pertaining to BJP's demand, superstar Kamal Haasan has reacted in a Tweet saying, "Don't silence critics". Dont re-censor it. Counter criticism with logical response.

Earlier, Chidambaram had said: "Notice to filmmakers: Law is coming, you can only make documentaries praising government's policies".

In a press release here on Saturday, DYFI president P.A. Mohammed Riyas said: "We can not understand why the BJP is so antithetical to cinema dialogues critical of its government".

Actor Vishal, who is also president of the Tamil Film Producers Council now, has pointedly drawn attention to how those that are criticising the film the loudest haven't even bothered to watch it. Criticising the BJP for seeking to remove dialogues critical of the Goods and Services Tax in Vijay's new release, Mersal, Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy on Sunday said freedom of expression had constantly come under attack after the BJP came to power at Centre.

Mersal was accused of giving out "factually inaccurate" details of the recently implemented Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the country.