Political slugfest over Tamil film Mersal's GST scenes

Political slugfest over Tamil film Mersal's GST scenes

Political slugfest over Tamil film Mersal's GST scenes

Meanwhile, the entire Tamil industry has stood behind the makers and Vijay and criticised the state unit of BJP for raking up the controversy. The scene has become the dominant theme of social media conversations after a BJP minister took strong objection to the references to GST in the film and demanded its removal.

Mersal, which was made for 130 crores, has earned over 80 crores in Tamil Nadu; its popularity has led to theatres adding more screenings of the film.

Several senior BJP leaders in Tamil Nadu also accused the filmmakers of lack of knowledge of economics and spreading "incorrect" information on the GST and poisoning the minds of people.

Mersal was certified. Dont re-censor it. Ruling BJP which is called a Hindu party for its views and supports Hindus took a dig on Tamil hero Vijay in the same way.

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P A Ranjith, a movie director, said, "I don't think there is a need to remove portions in "Mersal" that addresses the GST and other issues".

BJP representative Tamilisai Soundararajan, had on Thursday, demanded that some of the scenes be cut, which was backed by Union Minister of state Pon Radhakrishnan. In his monologue, Vijay is seen referring to Singapore, which levies only 7% GST and can afford to provide free healthcare services. Don't re-censor it. Counter criticism with logical response. Dont silence critics. India will shine when it speaks. "Imagine the consequences if "Parasakthi" was released today".

Summary: "None had demanded a ban on films criticising the policies of the governments". The Tamil flick is entertaining the audience in the theaters, the film succeeds to pull crowd inside the theaters.

H Raja, national secretary of the party, tweeted on Sunday a photo of Vijay's voter identity card to "reveal" that he is a Christian.

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