Mersal: Telugu Version Of Vijay’s Film Postponed After Delay In Certification
Ilayathalapathy Vijay‘s recently released film Mersal has garnered controversies over its dialogue on Goods and Services Tax (GST). Facing flak over scenes critical of the GST and the Digital India initiatives of the Centre, in Mersal, the production house agreed to delete the scenes that have caused ‘misunderstanding’. They also clarified that BJP’s opposition to some dialogues in Mersal was just from their own perspective. To this, Sri Thenandal Films head Murali Ramaswamy said, “From their perspective, their opposition is just. If opinions (expressed in the movie) that may lead to misunderstanding need to be removed, we are ready for that too.”
The production house further clarified, “It is not a film that expresses opinions against the government either. Even an ordinary person should get access to proper medical amenities and this is the storyline of the movie,” adding that, “If anyone was hurt because of our production, I consider it as my own regret.” ALSO READ: (Aditya Pancholi Receiving Extortion Calls For Rs 25 Lakh)
Earlier in the day, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to hit out at the BJP. He wrote, “Mr. Modi, cinema is a deep expression of Tamil culture and language. Don’t try to demonetise Tamil pride by interfering in Mersal.” The former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram too tweeted, which read, “Notice to film-makers: law is coming; you can only make documentaries praising government’s policies.” In another tweet, he said, “The BJP demands deletion of dialogues in Mersal. Imagine the consequences if Parasakthi was released today.”
After the Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai Soundarajan and the party’s national secretary H Raja opposed and claimed that the GST references in the film and certain dialogues were ‘highly inappropriate’, the producers have agreed to cut the objectionable GST scene from the film. Meanwhile, the Tamil Film Producers Council and South Indian Artistes’ Association opposed cuts as the movie had already been censored.