Superstar Vijay’s Tamil blockbuster Mersal has been in controversies ever since BJP singled out a few critical scenes where Centre’s flagship moves GST and Demonetisation have been defamed and the country has been brought to bad light. Madras High Court today hearing a petition filed by a Chennai advocate seeking to revoke the censor certificate of the contentious movie said that it is only a film ( a form of art) and not real life and above all Freedom of expression is for everyone. The Telugu version of the Tamil movie was supposed to hit the theatres today but has been delayed as CBFC (Central Bureau of Film Certification) is yet to give a green signal.
After BJP’s allegation Mersal’s producers had agreed to take down the controversial scenes after which the movie was released in Tamil. The Telugu version of the film titled Adhirindhi was scheduled to be out by today but has been delayed. Some fans disappointed over the stay blamed CBFC for being biased over the film. However, CBFC Chief Prasoon Joshi cleared the air over the release of the Telugu version and said that “I am surprised with the accusations on the CBFC for the delay. It’s a usual process which is getting unfairly and unnecessarily sensationalised. The film will get its certificate by the CBFC as fairly as it got for its Tamil version.”
The Tamil Nadu Bhartiya Janta Party state President Tamilisai Soundararajan had expressed displeasure over certain dialogues in the Vijay-starrer flick demanding producers to remove the scenes that project Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Digital India in a bad light. Later Mersal’s producer Hema Rukmani had issued an apology over the scenes and had promised the scenes will be removed.
The row over Mersal which is going over for quite some time now saw public divided into two over the controversy. While most of the film stars supported the film and deemed the BJP demand as an attack on filmmakers creativity. BJP stood strong on its allegation and managed to get rid of the objectionable scenes.