Mersal row: BJP must respect free speech, says Congress

Mersal has cost over Rs 100 crore to its producers Sri Thenandal Films

The row over BJP's objection to some scenes in Tamil movie Mersal portraying the GST in poor light is just refusing to die. "Joseph Vijay's hatred for Modi is Mersal".

However, in a shocking move, these doctors have made a decision to share the piracy links of the film on social media pages and they are asking each and every doctor to do the same.

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.

The film collected Rs 50 crore in Tamil Nadu in three days and became on the fastest films to hit the mark.

Superstar Rajinikanth-starrer "Kabali" director Pa. Ranjith also came to the defence of the Mersal crew, questioning the BJP's logic of demanding the cuts.

On Friday, Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan urged the film producer to remove some statements regarding GST from the film.




BJP's state unit president Tamilisai Soundarajan was the first to seek the removal of scenes referring to the GST and digital India.

The controversy over a politically-loaded dialogue in Tamil superstar Vijay's new film, Mersal, on GST, or Goods and Services Tax, hasn't anxious the actor's fans who say it would help establish Vijay as a real-life hero who takes up problems facing people. "Don't silence critics. India will shine when it speaks", he said.

"Mersal was certified. Don't re-censor it", the actor said on Twitter. Veteran actor Kamal Haasan also backed the Vijay starrer and asked those objecting to the movie to counter criticism with a logical response. He said that there could be laws for making documentaries which praise the government's policies.

Replying to Chidambaram's tweet, H Raja, a BJP national secretary, said if Parasakthi was to release today, people would not allow the government to run temples by quoting a popular dialogue from it, PTI reported from Chennai.

Meanwhile, after the release of Mersal, BJP is said to have raked up a debate surrounding the lead actor Vijay's religion. "He further said, "Mersal" shows Vijay's ignorance in economic matters as the GST was not a new tax and the tax on liquor is over 58 per cent".

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