Published: Mon, October 23, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Modi's Government Demand This Scene To Be Removed From Vijay's 'Mersal' Movie

Modi's Government Demand This Scene To Be Removed From Vijay's 'Mersal' Movie

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

The Congress flayed the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) for demanding deletion of remarks on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and demonetisation in the Tamil movie "Mersal" (irrigation) released on Wednesday. "Don't silence critics. India will shine when it speaks", Haasan said in a tweet. "Counter criticism with logical response".

In the movie climax, popular actor Vijay asks a question that when the Singapore government which is getting 7% GST can provide free medical services to its citizens, why India which collected four times as much at 28% cannot do so.

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Mersal was certified. Dont re-censor it.

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. Politicians should take the hint and reconsider these issues". The party objected to what it termed "untruths" about the central taxation regime in the film and demanded that the references be deleted. On the other hand, the medical associations have also made up minds of fighting against "Mersal" as it shows medical professionals in a very bad light. "The film producer should remove the untruths regarding GST from the film", Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan told on Friday.

However, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, his senior colleague P Chidambaram, DMK working president M K Stalin, veteran star Kamal Haasan and a host of Tamil cinema industry representatives had supported the film crew on the issue. "They have used the movie as a propaganda vehicle against the BJP Government". Now, movie goers have credited PM Modi and his government for giving unwanted political attention to an otherwise entertaining movie. It is not a film that expresses opinions against the government either.

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