Mersal: Vijay’s Movie Agrees To Cut Objectionable GST Scene, Producer Offers Truce To BJP Leaders

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The original Tamil version - Mersal has been released across several states on October 18.

Tamil actor Vijay’s movie Mersal, directed by Atlee which garnered huge controversy online for its negative take on Goods and Services Tax (GST) and received complaints from the Tamil Nadu BJP have agreed to cut scenes that may have resulted in causing a “misunderstanding”. The production house also said that some of the dialogues which were opposed by the BJP were “just” from their perspective. Indicating that a truce might have been reached between the production house and the state BJP, the producers claimed that the political party has accepted their explanation. The Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai Soundarajan and the party’s national secretary H Raja strongly claimed the GST references in the film and claimed that some dialogues were “highly inappropriate”. The producers have agreed to cut the objectionable GST scene from the movie Mersal. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi had hit out at the BJP asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to “interfere” and said that cinema was a “deep expression” of Tamil culture.

Murali Ramaswamy, Sri Thenandal Films head 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. We explained the movie’s objective, our stand and that this movie has not been produced with an intention to hurt anyone and they have generously accepted it. He further said that the BJP leaders have appreciated “our honest approach to meet them in person, we thank them all” after meeting with state BJP leaders including Tamilisai Soundarajan. Mersal Movie GST Scene Online: Watch Full Video of Controversial Scene from Vijay’s film Directed by Atlee

Murali Ramaswamy said that “Mersal” (a colloquial Tamil word, the meaning of which is getting stunned) is not against anyone. He said, “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.” However, he did not say whether the BJP leaders demanded to remove the views that they had found “objectionable” or whether the producers will employ the cuts or not. He said that even before the movie’s release it had courted controversies which were “set right” and added, “it is anguishing that the film has courted several controversies within a few days of its release”.

Mersal is the production house’s 100th 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 said, “There is an investment of many crores of rupees and the labour of thousands of workers. If anyone was hurt because of our production, I consider it as my own regret”. He stated that the goal of the firm is to produce movies of good entertainment value and added that the film is running successfully. The Tamil Film Producers Council and South Indian Artistes’ Association had opposed the idea of cuts as the movie had already passed through the censor board and this goes against freedom of expression and will set a bad example.