Rajinikanth, Kollywood's undisputed Superstar, has nothing but praise for Vijay's Mersal, which has found itself in the eye of a massive controversy in the days following its release.
Rajini's review came in a Twitter post. Within minutes, the tweet was shared thousands of times.
Important topic addressed... Well done !!! Congratulations team #Mersal- Rajinikanth (@superstarrajini) October 22, 2017
What was the "important topic" Rajinikanth was talking about? Well, that's anyone's guess. In the movie, Vijay's character Maran is a five-rupee-fee doctor who wants to serve the people.
But it's also worth noting that the film has been slammed by the BJP over its portrayal of government policies.
On Thursday, the day on which Mersal was released, Tamil Nadu BJP's president said some scenes showed GST and the Digital India scheme in a bad light.
A war of words followed. The DMK's spokesperson said BJP leaders were under the impression they were in North Korea, "where every scene of every movie must have the approval of (the) Supreme Leader."
Kamal Haasan backed Vijay. So did 'Ilayathalapathy's' father, the filmmaker SA Chandrasekar. Both artists pointed to the fact that the Censor Board had already cleared the film.
But on Saturday, Mersal producer Murali Ramaswamy said BJP leaders had been given an explanation. "If needed, we are ready to remove the scenes that are misleading," he said.
Meanwhile, the scene in which Vijay's character criticises compares India's GST with Singapore's, went viral.
So, was Rajinikanth's tweet a comment on the film's plot, or on the political controversy that followed?
Political analyst Induja Ragunathan says, "Rajni still plays a safe game and leaves to the interpretation of people but at the same time shows he is also speaking on this as its the talk of the town."
WATCH | Official teaser trailer of Vijay's Mersal (Video courtesy: Sony Music India/YouTube)