Film industry backs Vijay's 'Mersal' over GST row


Chennai- A Madurai based advocate has filed a complaint against Tamil actor Vijay over the dialogues in "Mersal", said a police official. In a series of tweets, Raja launched a scathing attack on Vijay, calling his statement in the film a lie.

The producers of Mersal, however, reached out to the BJP party and even offered to delete the scenes that the party deemed offensive.

"Mersal" starring Tamil superstar Vijay landed in controversy after Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai Soundararajan said "misconceptions" were being promoted in the film about central government schemes, including Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Digital India, and demanded removal of those scenes.

When people came to know that the filmmakers are thinking of editing the scenes which talk about GST after opposition from BJP leaders, people came out in support of makers and started trolling Modi government. Vijay's character, Vetrimaran, also has a line in the movie where he says a hospital should be built in place of a temple.

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Mersal's fans pointedly ignored the BJP and turned up in big numbers to watch the movie that released on Friday.

Several BJP leaders took on Vijay and his film for its scenes. "Mr. Modi, Cinema is a deep expression of Tamil culture and language. Don't try to demon-etise Tamil pride by interfering in Mersal", he wrote on his Twitter handle. "Mersal was certified. Don't re-censor it. Counter-criticism with a logical response".

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". Vijay played a triple role in the movie for the very first time which means more fun and more entertainment. "Important topic addressed. Well done!"