Political slugfest over Tamil film Mersal's GST scenes

Vijay plays a triple role in Mersal

BJP has come under public ire after it demanded cuts in the Tamil Blockbuster "Mersal".

Mr. Riyas said that party leaders threatening the film's producer and demanding that it be re-censored pose a challenge to freedom of expression.

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Saturday's statement comes days after BJP's state President Tamilisai Soundrajan and other senior leaders demanded the removal of scenes that had taken a dig at the Centre's initiatives including Digital India and GST. In his monologue, Vijay is seen referring to Singapore, which levies only 7% GST and can afford to provide free healthcare services. Although the Mersal is a movie has grossed around 130 crores and it earned 80 crores in Tamil Nadu. "If there are any views in the film that can create misunderstanding and they need to be removed, we are ready to do it". India will shine when it speaks.

Actor Kamal Hassan also threw his weight behind the film, saying, "Mersal was certified". Don't re-censor it. Counter criticism with logical response. "Imagine the consequences if "Parasakthi" was released today", Chidambaram tweeted.

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Summary: "None had demanded a ban on films criticising the policies of the governments".

Incidentally, Parasakti was a film that was penned by DMK leader Karunanidhi, which had late Shivaji Ganesan in the lead role. However, to the relief of the makers and lead actor, Vijay, the entire Kollywood fraternity have come to the open against the party's decision to politicise the issue.

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Mersal is the production house's 100 production and Ramaswamy said that the entire team had worked hard for a year to make the film and it was screened only after overcoming several hurdles along the way. "He further said, "Mersal" shows Vijay's ignorance in economic matters as the GST was not a new tax and the tax on liquor is over 58 per cent".

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