Vijay's Mersal leaked online on the day of release

23 October, 2017, 04:30 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Mersal has cost over Rs 100 crore to its producers Sri Thenandal Films

They have said that the scenes should be removed.

Raja categorically denied having watched the movie, especially online as it was being made out.

The availability of pirated CDs and DVDs of new films is also an issue.

This was "totally insensitive and uncalled for", said Vishal, who is known for his strong anti-piracy stand and activities.

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In a press release here on Saturday, DYFI president P.A. Mohammed Riyas said: "We can not understand why the BJP is so antithetical to cinema dialogues critical of its government".

However, support for "Mersal" continues to swell from political parties and prominent film personalities, including Kamal Haasan, Vishal, Pa Ranjith and P C Sreeram.

BJP's National Secretary H. Raja in a tweet on Friday raked up the actor's Christian origins.

Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai Sounderrajan's demand for cuts yesterday and it was taken up today by union minister Pon Radhakrishnan, who said, "The film producer should remove the untruths regarding GST from the film. Don't try to demon-etise Tamil pride by interfering in Mersal", Rahul Gandhi, vice-president of the opposition Congress party, tweeted Saturday referring to the government's controversial cash ban, the so-called demonetisation, imposed previous year.

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The actor has been panned for his dialogues in the film that takes a dig at GST and Digital India.

Mr. Riyas said that party leaders threatening the film's producer and demanding that it be re-censored pose a challenge to freedom of expression.

"I am a member of the GST council and I have expressed my strong criticism of the abnormal levy of GST on medicines and on hotels at the council meeting", he told reporters.

Meanwhile, the controversy surrounding the dialogues over GST and digital India have helped the movie to draw more audience to theatres.

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"Let not BJP leaders labour under the mistake that they should always be lauded for anything and everything of the NDA regime even if the decisions of the Centre are injurious to the people", Narayanasamy said. An association of doctors has alleged that there are uncharitable references to the medical profession in the film and they want these deleted.


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