Tamil movie Mersal dialogues snowball into a major controversy

Posted October 24, 2017

The controversy over leading Tamil actor, Vijay's "Mersal" is still raging in Tamil Nadu. It is expected to hit the screens in both Telugu speaking states soon, as per latest updates.

In one scene actor, Vijay's character in the film laments at the government's inability to provide free healthcare for all in India despite "high" GST rates in India, saying Singapore is able to fund a free health scheme despite a much lower GST rate.

Sri Thenandal Films, producers of "Mersal", however, announced on Saturday that they have made a decision to remove the controversial GST dialogue from the movie which has already run into many controversies before its release.

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The Congress Party on Sunday said that instead of criticising the Tamil film "Mersal", the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi must respect the Freedom of Speech. The film released worldwide on October 18. After several political parties and the film fraternity in Tamil Nadu lashing out at the ruling party at the centre for trying to silence critics, BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha also trained guns at the party over the matter. "We have obtained certification board's and that's the end of it", said a person close to the actor. Don't re-censor it. Counter criticism with logical response. He said, "The film producer should remove the untruths regarding GST from the film". India will shine when it speaks. When these scenes are played in the theatre, there is a lot of claps as people appreciated and supported them.

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.

Meanwhile, the makers of Mersal have decided not to delete the controversial dialogue from the film.