Film industry backs Vijay's 'Mersal' over GST row

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Political slugfest over Tamil film Mersal's GST scenes

24 October, 2017

Saturday's statement comes days after BJP's state President Tamilisai Soundrajan and other senior leaders demanded the removal of scenes that had taken a dig at the Centre's initiatives including Digital India and GST.

Sreedhar Pillai spelled out the BJP's contention in a Firstpost piece, "One of the characters in the film says that GST in Singapore is just seven per cent and medical treatment is free while in India it is an all time high - 28 percent - and corporate hospitals continue to milk poor patients".

The movie was written by M Karunanidhi, who later went on to become chief minister of Tamil Nadu.

He also asks there was no GST on alcohol but people have to pay 12% GST for medicines.

In the pitched faceoff between the Vijay starrer Mersal and the BJP leadership of Tamil Nadu, it's very cool how the state film industry has spoken up for their peers loud, united and bold. Now, few of the people from BJP party demand to remove this scene from the film. He said, "The film producer should remove the untruths regarding GST from the film". "Mersal was certified. Don't re-censor it. Counter-criticism with a logical response". India will shine when it speaks. In his Tweet, he said, "BJP demands deletion of dialogues in "Mersal".

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Chennai- A Madurai based advocate has filed a complaint against Tamil actor Vijay over the dialogues in "Mersal", said a police official.

Vijay, Mersal movie released today i.e; 18th October 2017 for Diwali festival.

In a taunting tweet, former union finance minister P Chidambaram said, "Notice to film makers: Law is coming, you can only make documentaries praising government's policies".

Actor Vishal, who is also president of the Tamil Film Producers Council now, has pointedly drawn attention to how those that are criticising the film the loudest haven't even bothered to watch it.

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