Mersal controversy: Don't demon-etise Tamil pride, says Rahul Gandhi

Trevor Jackson
October 23, 2017

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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party came under fire on Saturday for demanding cuts to an Indian film, claiming it showcased "anti-Modi hatred". "I have seen the clipping of the movie in which a question was asked on tax, in a democratic country every citizen has right to ask question", Congress leader Sushmita Dev told ANI.

Soon, the movie and the point of GST in it grabbed the eyeballs of the politicians and the BJP in Tamil Nadu has demanded cuts in the movie, alleging that some dialogues portray "untruths" about new national tax GST or Goods and Services Tax and the center's Digital India campaign. They have certified the movie and BJP is making unnecessary controversies. The controversial scene itself speaks about how the government has failed its people even after levying high amount of taxes. Finally, at the last minute the AWBI gave the NOC, but the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) took more time and finally issued a censor certificate a few hours before the film's release on Diwali day.

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Although the lead cast Vijay hasn't come up with any comment pertaining to BJP's demand, superstar Kamal Haasan has reacted in a Tweet saying, "Don't silence critics". Mersal saw 95% occupancy in theatres on Friday and is said to have done a business close to Rs 70 crore.The movie has enjoyed good viewership in theatres across South India. "Counter criticism with logical response". Tamil Film Producers Council treasurer and producer of "Joker" S R Prabhu tweeted, "Those who can not tolerate criticism should not be part of a party or a government".

The scene sparked an uproar among members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who have called for it to be deleted from the film. "Don't try to demon-etise Tamil pride by interfering in Mersal", Gandhi said in a tweet. If there is something objectionable they will inform. The character goes on to say public health in India has failed, and asks if our "leaders" will be treated in government hospitals when they fall sick. "This film is not against the government".

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