While the producers of the film have offered to delete the scene that has also gone viral on the Internet because of the 'factual inaccuracies' pointed by Tamil Nadu BJP, the reactions have led to a great surge in the demand for tickets. India will shine when it speaks.
Mersal was certified. Dont re-censor it. Mersal which means "stunning", initiated a political controversy after the BJP demanded the deletion of a scene which denounces the new national sales tax or GST. Dont re-censor it. Counter criticism with logical response.
"The film producer should remove the untruths regarding the GST from the film", PTI quoted Radhakrishnan as having said. When these scenes are played in the theatre, there is a lot of claps as people appreciated and supported them.
Mersal's fans pointedly ignored the BJP and turned up in big numbers to watch the movie that released on Friday.
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However, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, his senior colleague P Chidambaram, DMK working president M.K. Stalin, Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, veteran actor Kamal Haasan and a host of Tamil cinema industry representatives supported the cast and crew of the film. We explained the movie's objective, our stand and that this movie has not been produced with an intention to hurt anyone and they have generously accepted it.
He then stated, "Mersal is not against anyone".
"It's not a film that voices its views against the government", says Sri Thenandal Films.
In the movie climax, popular actor Vijay asks a question that when the Singapore government which is getting 7% GST can provide free medical services to its citizens, why India which collected four times as much at 28% cannot do so. In two of them, the actor is seen talking about the ongoing government and other schemes.