BJP irks critics for demanding cuts in Tamil movie 'Mersal'

Leigh Mccormick
October 24, 2017

"Well done! Congratulations team #Mersal", it was very much a slap in the face of those like BJP national secretary H Raja, state president Tamilisai Soundarajan, and Union minister of state for finance and shipping Pon Radhakrishnan who have led the cry to cut out from the film "untruths" about GST. "I demand that the police take action against Raja for watching a pirated version of a new film and arrest him", Sampath said.

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.

Kamal Haasan has mounted a sharper attack on the attackers than Rajnikanth: "Mersal was certified".

In the wake of demands by the BJP to cut controversial scenes in Vijay's Deepavali release Mersal, the producers on Saturday stated that they were ready to remove "any views in the film that can create misunderstanding".

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There were two scenes in Mersal that the BJP objected to. "Don't silence critics. India will shine when it speaks". Here is the deleted scene.Translation "Singpore with 7% GST provides free education and medical care to it's citizen without any partiality equally irrespective of rich and poor, where as we pay 28% GST, but inadequate government hospital facilities".

In response, Murali Ramaswamy, whose company produced the film, suggested he may succumb to the political pressure. "Don't try to demon-etise Tamil pride by interfering in Mersal", Gandhi said in a tweet. "Imagine the consequences if "Parasakthi" was released today".

Incidentally, Parasakti was a film that was penned by DMK leader Karunanidhi, which had late Shivaji Ganesan in the lead role.

"Notice to film makers: Law is coming, you can only make documentaries praising government's policies, ' Chidambaram further tweeted".

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