Mersal row: BJP must respect free speech, says Congress

Mersal: Vijay's Movie Agrees To Cut Objectionable GST Scene, Producer Offers Truce To BJP Leaders

Mersal row: BJP must respect free speech, says Congress

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has told Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to "interfere" in the Tamil film "Mersal". On Friday, Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan said it is important to cut down the dialogue that actor Vijay termed untruths about the Goods and Services Tax.

For instance, a character is seen delivering a monologue in which he attacks the government's failure to provide free public welfare, despite the introduction of GST.

Parasakthi, the debut film of Tamil film icon Sivaji Ganesan had released in 1952 and Chidambaram's reference to it vis-à-vis the controversy over Mersal is perhaps because the movie's dialogues, written by DMK chief M Karunanidhi who was then a budding leader in the party and a screen writer, espoused reformist and egalitarian ideals. "He has assured me the offending scenes on GST and Digital India will be removed from the film". Don't re-censor it. Counter criticism with logical response. "Dont silence critics. India will shine when it speaks", he tweeted.

Mersal was certified. Dont re-censor it.


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". In his Tweet, he said, "BJP demands deletion of dialogues in "Mersal".

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. The Tamil flick is entertaining the audience in the theaters, the film succeeds to pull crowd inside the theaters.

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

Mersal was accused of giving out "factually inaccurate" details of the recently implemented Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the country.

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