Congress taunts BJP over Tamil film's GST joke

Pauline Gross
October 23, 2017

Vijay's Mersal has yet again sparked a controversy after some dialogues in the movie irked the Bharatiya Janata Party in Tamil Nadu. However, it all started when Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan demanded the removal of dialogues which he quoted as "untruths" about the GST.

References to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in "Mersal" have not gone down well with the BJP. "Don't silence critics. India will shine when it speaks", Haasan said in a tweet.

The issue spawned several heated debates across the country after the BJP demanded the scenes to be removed from the film. He further said that the BJP leaders have appreciated "our honest approach to meet them in person, we thank them all" after meeting with state BJP leaders including Tamilisai Soundarajan.

When the interviewer went on to confirm whether he actually watched a newly released film online, H Raja clarified that he couldn't watch the whole film but just some particular scenes because - "he got calls in between". Vijay himself had met chief minister E Palaniswami at his residence and last Sunday, and they seem to have hit it off.

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The actor has been panned for his dialogues in the film that takes a dig at GST and Digital India. Murali himself is very influential; his father, the late Ramanarayanan, was a director, producer and former DMK MLA.

Veteran actor Kamal Haasan also backed the Vijay starrer and asked those objecting to the movie to counter criticism with a logical response.

"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. A section within BJP too had raised its voice against demonetisation and GST. "This entire episode shows that whoever opposes the BJP are supporting Vijay, and this is expected", Raja said.

The buzz in trade circles is that even if the scenes pointed out by BJP are to be cut, it will take days, as it has to be re-censored. Reports suggest that it has collected Rs 75 crore (approximately) worldwide after holding well in USA, Australia, Malayasia and UK.

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